2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls are celebrating the victories in state elections as the Democrats defeated the Republicans.
Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear declared victory in Kentucky for governor, a defeat of Trump-backed Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin, as IJR reported. However, Bevin refused to concede “by any stretch,” telling reporters Tuesday evening it’s “a close, close race.”
Additionally, Democrats in Virginia flipped the chambers of the state’s legislature.
Andy Beshear tells supporters as he leads in the race for Kentucky governor: "With all the partisan bickering and nastiness that we're seeing in politics, we have an opportunity to do better right here in Kentucky" https://t.co/UiJxiqqCRg pic.twitter.com/LBLYN4eckB— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 6, 2019
Former Vice President Joe Biden is among the 2020 Democrats who chimed in on Tuesday’s apparent victory in Virginia, as he said in a statement that it “sent a clear, powerful message that will resonate across this nation and shake the walls of the White House.”
“Virginians were not fooled by Republicans who spent the campaign pretending they’re moderate, pretending they’re for health care, pretending they’re for sensible gun regulations, pretending they don’t even know who Donald Trump is. Voters are tired of Republicans putting their own political agenda ahead of their constituents’ needs and are ready for representatives who fight for them.”
Biden added, “Tonight’s results show that Democrats can take back our country, starting with Virginia, and begin the hard work of rebuilding the middle class and restoring the soul of our nation.”
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) slammed Trump in the process of congratulating the Democrats who won.
“Americans are rejecting Trump’s divisive brand of politics all over the country and Democrats are winning in places like Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Virginia because they are focused on issues that matter to people and communities that are being left out and left behind,” Booker said in a statement.
The 2020 Democrat suggested the other 2020 contenders “take note — this election can’t just be about beating Trump, it has to be about being a candidate that can speak to all of the Democratic party, and can energize, excite, and ignite a diverse coalition of voters.”
Additionally, 2020 Democratic hopeful Steve Bullock — the governor of Montana — said in a statement that the victories across the U.S. are “a wake-up call for national Democrats.”
“The path to winning back the places we’ve lost isn’t through impractical proposals or the latest Beltway obsessions — it’s by focusing on solving problems in the here and now,” Bullock said.
.@ForecasterEnten on Democrats winning control of the Virginia legislature: “You saw major gains in the suburban areas. And that, to me is so indicative of this Trump era overall where he's losing some of those key swing voters.” https://t.co/owOGOq7pic pic.twitter.com/68DEHSrw7H— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) November 6, 2019