Matt Bevin Is on the Ropes Politically. Should He Follow Stacey Abrams' Post-Election Example Going Forward?

FILE- In this May 4, 2018, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin watches a race before the 144th running of the Kentucky Oaks horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Matt Bevin

FILE- In this May 4, 2018, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin watches a race before the 144th running of the Kentucky Oaks horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

As it stands now two days after the election, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has 704,760 votes to attorney general Andy Beshear’s (D) 709,846 votes. It’s a difference of a little less than 5,100 votes.

Beshear has already declared victory, but Bevin has so far refused to concede. In fact, he’s called for a recanvass of the state’s vote totals, citing “more than a few irregularities” he wants looked into.

“What they are exactly, how many, which ones, and what effect, if any, they have will be determined according to law,” Bevin said when asked about specifics, according to Politico.

Naturally, Bevin’s refusal to bow out has caused The Usual Suspects™ a great deal of worry and concern.

Will he try to “steal” the election?, they ask. After all, if all other channels fail to provide a resolution, per the state constitution “contested elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be determined by both Houses of the General Assembly, according to such regulations as may be established by law.”

ZOMG! That would mean the Republicans who control the state legislature in Kentucky would then decide the fate of the election and naturally they would hand it over to Bevin because of course they would or something.

My beloved home state of North Carolina has a similar provision, which Democrats here freaked out about after then-Gov. Pat McCrory (R) contested the election results against then-state attorney general Roy Cooper (D) in 2016. Cooper ended up prevailing without the Republican majority in the general assembly having to intervene, so as it turns out all the hyperventilating was for nothing.

Ultimately, that’s how it will play out in Kentucky. The normal processes will be followed and a winner will be declared and certified in time for the inauguration. It’s extremely unlikely Republicans will have to step in and make the decision because there are a number of options on the table to take before it would even come close to getting to that point.

Still, it’s highly amusing to see Democrats, political commentators, and mainstream media journalists sounding alarm bells about what Bevin may or may not do next, considering the red carpet treatment they’ve given failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) for the last year.

Abrams, who lost the election to Republican Brian Kemp fair and square, has consistently maintained since election night 2018 that she was robbed, that Democratic votes were suppressed. The fix was in before the first votes were even cast, she has alleged.

The system, she has insisted for 12 months now, was rigged against Democrats.

Instead of being treated like the sore loser she is, which is how Democrats said Donald Trump should have been treated had he failed to accept a Hillary Clinton victory in 2016, Abrams has been treated like nothing short of royalty.

She’s been a much-sought-after guest on political programs and at partisan gatherings. She’s written numerous opinion pieces for major national newspapers like the New York Times about her “stolen” election. In turn, she’s had glowing profiles written about her by some of those same news outlets.

She was once even floated as a possible presidential contender or candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Democratic presidential candidates make it a priority when they visit the state of Georgia to kiss the Abrams ring. Some have hinted she would be on their short list for vice president.

In addition to all of this, Abrams has still to this day (1 year later!) refused to concede she actually lost the governor’s race.

No, Matt Bevin hasn’t conceded that his race against Beshear is over just yet. But even assuming he ends up acknowledging he doesn’t have the votes to win but at the same time still confuses to concede he lost, Stacey Abrams has set the example going forward for a path he can take in the coming months to keep his name in the newspapers:

Not that I’m suggesting Bevin go that route, but if he does, Democrats would have no one to blame but themselves for opening that door.

— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 16+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –


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