A hotly contested governor's race in Kentucky remained too close to call on Tuesday night, with the Democratic challenger, Andy Beshear, declaring victory and the Republican incumbent, Matt Bevin, refusing to concede.
More than half of Kentucky's 120 counties saw over 40% of all registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's election, including large counties like Jefferson (45%) and Fayette (47%).
Bevin, who trailed Beshear by 5,189 votes with 100% of precincts reporting across the state. "Given that Republicans did well in all the other statewide races there, I view this more as a repudiation of Bevin than anything else", Kondik said.
These swing voters tend to be moderate, and Trump still could win them back if he successfully paints his opponent as an extremist who doesn't reflect their values.
"Kentuckians showed up to defend their reproductive freedom this election, reaffirming that the majority of people here want increased access to reproductive care, including abortion", Wieder said in a statement to CBS News on Tuesday.
As longtime Kentucky Republican consultant Scott Jennings noted on Twitter Wednesday morning, "For everyone reading the tip sheets this morning on Kentucky, remember - the GOP actually FLIPPED two Dem offices to Republican, and actually controls MORE offices than they did yesterday".
At the rally for the governor, Trump told supporters it would not look good for him if Bevin lost.
At a rally on Monday night, President Trump said if Mr Bevin lost this election, it would be remembered as "the greatest defeat in the history of the world".
Vox reported that Cameron also won big in the Cincinnati suburbs of Kentucky, suggesting the outcome of the governor race may be local backlash against Bevin rather than Trump and the GOP. Vice President Mike Pence also travelled to Kentucky to aid the reelection effort.
He said that he has no issue with Bevin asking for a re-canvass, that any candidate in a close election has the right to "double check", but that Republicans need to accept the unwelcome result and move on after that.
Donald Trump's 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale noted the president's recent visit to Kentucky provided a strong boost to Bevin's supporter base.
At the Democrats' election party at an event center in the predominantly African-American Louisville neighbourhood of Smoketown, the mood turned from nervous to jovial as returns showed Beshear taking the lead.
Impeachment is already "baked in", with Republicans all but certain to acquit Trump if the House approves articles of impeachment, according to a senior GOP Senate aide who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal assessments.
Indeed, the high turnout was one of the first takeaways longtime Democratic consultant and Kentucky native Jim Cauley noticed on Tuesday night.
US Democrats have made gains in key state elections, in what is seen as a blow to President Donald Trump. She said she forwarded the request to the State Board of Elections. "Great reaction under pressure Tate!" The president held a campaign rally in the state last week alongside Reeves. Neither candidate received a majority in Louisiana's nonpartisan primary last month, so they'll compete in a runoff November 16.