For the first time in almost a quarter-century, Democrats hold all levers of power in Virginia.
The results are being viewed as a gauge of the political mood ahead of next year's presidential election.
Tuesday's elections marked the third round of balloting since Trump was inaugurated. "It ended last night". In Kentucky, Beshear gained considerable ground on Bevin in Kentucky's suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, counties that had helped propel the Republican to office four years ago. Other statewide GOP candidates in Kentucky won by comfortable margins. While many will argue that Tuesday's results represent a rejection of President Donald Trump by Virginia voters, that's a simplistic interpretation.
Kentucky and MS are traditionally red states, and Mr. Trump is in no danger of losing them in 2020.More news: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Battle Pass has been delayed
In the other, Grimes filed a suit alleging that a new law stripped her office of its power over the State Board of Elections.
Republicans held off a competitive challenge to maintain control of the governor's mansion in MS, a sign of the party's enduring strength in the deep south. Tate Reeves, the Republican lieutenant governor, defeated Jim Hood, the state's Democratic attorney general, in the race to succeed Phil Bryant, who is term-limited.
Mrs. Conway also pointed to a ballot measure in swing-state Colorado, where voters "rejected weakening the taxpayer Bill of Rights".
This teachers union effort, called #RedforEd, has its roots in the very same socialism that President Trump vowed in his 2019 State of the Union address to stop, and it began in its current form in early 2018 in a far-flung corner of the country before spreading nationally.
With a great economy, Trump's best bet is to hope the Democrats nominate a candidate that won't appeal to voters in a general election despite winning a Democratic primary. His lead suggested voters are still willing to make a distinction between state and federal races, even in a hyperpartisan political environment. A Vietnam veteran, retired state worker and former journalist, Jennings described the president as unfit for office and a threat to American democracy.
Beshear, she said, is "a Kentucky boy and I feel like everywhere he goes he's very polite and he's very kind".More news: Remembrance Day: where you can pay your respects in Rotherham tomorrow
The GOP also swept a regional race for state Supreme Court justice seats. Yeah, I know that's unlikely because that would mean the Republican Senators would have to find a spine, but what if that happens?
A staunch Trump support, Simmons called the impeachment investigation unfounded. "He's helped the economy, like, big-time".
Sanders speechwriter David Sirota said in the presidential campaign's Bern Notice newsletter Wednesday that "the fact that Kentucky's election was even close is a fantastic sign for the 2020 election and Bernie's campaign". He spent his term battling with state lawmakers - including Republicans - and teachers.
Predictive tools built by Moody's Analytics - which examined state-level data on personal finances, stocks and jobs - and Oxford Economics, which focused on inflation and income gains, are both predicting a Trump victory for 2020.
While many will attempt to draw a straight line from the results in the Virginia and Kentucky races to Trump, the truth is messier.
In February, "the local #RedforEd affiliate in the state, Kentucky 120 United, launched a protest of legislation under consideration at the state legislature that shut down public schools in several counties", Breitbart News reported. Reeves, the current lieutenant governor, sought to capitalize on those GOP leanings after Hood, the attorney general, acknowledged that he voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016. While Trump will be at the top of the ticket, a team approach is the way to win.More news: Ohio State's Chase Young suspension could reach four games, per report