The GOP can say goodbye to its more-than-comfortable lead in Mitch McConnell’s home state.
According to new internal Democratic Party polls, the GOP is facing strong challenges in three important races in Kentucky this November.
The polls show that the Kentucky GOP is struggling in the upcoming gubernatorial, attorney general, and secretary of State races.
For the governorship, the incumbent Matt Bevin, a Republican, is down 48 to 39 against Democratic Attorney General Steve Beshear. In addition, Greg Stumbo, the former Democratic state House speaker, is winning the race for state House speaker against Republican Daniel Cameron, 46 to 39.
Finally, Heather French Henry, a Democrat and former second lady of Kentucky — and the winner of Miss America 2000 — is leading Michael Adams, a Republican who formerly worked as an attorney for the Department of Justice, 52 to 37.
For many, it may seem strange that Kentucky, a well known conservative state, could lose three key positions to Democrats. But in this day and age, this is not that surprising.
Although Kentucky is certainly one of the most consistent Republican states on a national level, Democrats have been known to achieve political victories at the state level. This time around, it doesn’t help matters that Matt Bevin, the current governor, is a tremendously unpopular figure.
His unpopularity stems from the cuts he has attempted to make, particularly to health care and teachers benefits, which have resulted in intraparty fighting.
Nonetheless, President Donald Trump supports Bevin all the way, and has vowed to do what he can to help Bevin get the victory.
Is Mitch in danger?
In all likelihood, Mitch McConnell, who is seeking his seventh term, is not in any real danger in 2020. But there are of few things that could be concerning.
Chief among them are McConnell’s poll numbers, which are terrible; in fact, he’s one of the most unpopular senators in the country — meaning that there are candidates who are willing to run against him. And if Democrats do win the three state positions up for grabs, that they may give the blue party the momentum it needs to oust McConnell in 2020.
For now, we’ll have to see how the state races play out.