Democrats Prepare For Very Tough Race

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( – Democrats are preparing for a tough gubernatorial election in Kentucky, as Gov. Andy Beshear (D) is trying to secure a second term in a state that voted Red in the 2020 election. Beshear first won the gubernatorial election in 2019 when he faced then-Gov. Matt Bevin (R). Despite Kentucky being a Republican state, he managed to win the election by less than half a point.

His performance as governor so far has helped him garner both support and opposition. While many have believed he has performed well when handling natural disasters in the state, he has also received criticism for other issues with Fox News reporting in 2022 that some Republicans lumped him in with President Joe Biden and his policies on drugs, crime, and more.

The mixed feedback on his performance does not help reassure Democrats of Beshear’s ability to stay in office. David Contarino, a Louisville-based Democratic strategist specifically said that Democrats are “not under any delusion” regarding the challenges of this race, according to a report from The Hill. Kentucky has for the past few elections been turning redder, which could have an effect on Beshear’s campaign.

Contarino also pointed out that Kentucky suffers from “the polarized nature of American politics.” He added that there are many in the state who cannot separate individuals from their party. This means hardcore Republicans may not vote for Beshear even if they agree with all of his policies. Therefore, party loyalty will be one of the challenges that the governor will need to face.

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