At a campaign rally for Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin with Donald Trump looking on, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) ordered the media to expose the name of the whistleblower whose revelations about the president's call with Ukraine led to the House impeachment inquiry.
While none of the four states voting on Tuesday - New Jersey also has legislative elections - is likely to be up for grabs in November 2020, the outcomes could offer an early measuring stick for the Democratic candidates eager to deny Republican President Donald Trump a second four-year term.
The Monday evening rally at Rupp Arena in Lexington will reinforce one of Bevin's main themes throughout the bitter gubernatorial campaign - his alliance with Trump, whose popularity eclipses the governor's in the Bluegrass State.
Bevin has repeatedly tried to link himself to Trump's popularity among Kentuckians in ads, tweets and speeches throughout the campaign. The presidential rally didn't throw Beshear off his strategy of making the race about state issues. The challenger, in addition to his pledge to improve public schools, stuck to his themes of creating better-paying jobs and protecting health care and public pensions.
Beshear wrapped up a long day of campaigning with a final stop in Louisville, where he needs a strong turnout Tuesday.
"That's not working too well, you'll see", Trump said.
This show of force comes as Kentucky's gubernatorial election is considered to be one of the most consequential this year - as both sides navigate the politics of impeachment, which has become a dividing line in the state-wide race. If the House votes to approve articles of impeachment, the Republican-controlled Senate would then hold a trial on whether to remove the president from office.
Trump said Bevin has frequently prodded him to help court businesses to relocate in his state and bring federal dollars to the state.
"Beshear doesn't represent you, he represents the Washington swamp and represents the same people who are trying to overthrow the last election", declared Trump, before adding of Bevin, "He's such a pain in the ass, but that's what you want".
Bevin regularly sought to hitch himself to Trump's popularity throughout the campaign - a strategy meant to rev up his conservative base.
Beshear accused Bevin of dividing people, pointing to the governor's feud with teachers who opposed his pension and education proposals. It was on full display Monday night. He says Kentucky voters can send a signal to the rest of the country by re-electing Bevin on Tuesday. Beshear is Kentucky's attorney general.