Election results not surprising to some

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The polling place signs have come down and another election is in the books. Both Democrats and Republicans can claim both victory and defeat. And it was a history-making election.

Kentucky elected its first African-American Attorney General in the state’s history.

But there was a major upset for the governor’s mansion and even a visit by President Donald Trump couldn’t boost the incumbent governor to victory. But some wonder if Governor Matt Bevin’s election night loss is a referendum on President Trump.

Western Kentucky University political science Professor Scott Lasley said voters chose a new governor based on issues rather than President Trump. Lasley attributes Bevin’s treatment of a teacher pension issue to the reason Beshear won the race for governor. He also says Bevin’s communications style was likely a turn-off for voters.

Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon agrees that voters chose the next governor based on an issue and not as a warning vote to Trump.