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Analysis of the Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia elections

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Analysis of the Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia elections

Analysis of the Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia elections
November 12
15:21 2019

It is never good to lose and election – even when there are extenuating circumstances.  From the Democrat-friendly news coverage of the recent state elections, you would believe that the Republicans had been routed – it was 1932 and 2018 all over again.

Based on the coverage on CNN and MSNBC – including the analysis of their usual media panelists from the New York Times and the Washington Post, I was about to write a doom-and-gloom commentary  — an obituary on the GOP.  But I fully know the danger of accepting news and analysis from the left-wing propaganda press.  So, I had to do my own research.

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That is what I have known for most of my professional career – look at all the facts and advise my clients accordingly.  That is significant because my clients did not pay me for biased partisan bull**it.  They wanted the facts and what they might mean for the future.

So, let’s take a look at the recent elections results with a more objective analysis.


The anti-Republican media focused solely on the race for governor.  In what appeared to be a narrow victory for Democrat candidate Andy Beshear over Republican incumbent Governor Matt Bevin, the hosts, the reporters and those panels of parroting pundits were viewed as the end of the Republican Party.  They saw it as the omen of things to come in 2020.  If Republicans can lose a governorship in Kentucky – a state President Trump easily carried, they are doomed in 2020 – from Trump on down.

Was the apparent election of Beshear (there are some reports of a challenge) a refutation of the GOP?

Apparently not – at least if you look at what happened with a larger and clearer lens.  Apart from the governor’s race, Republicans swept the state – winning virtually all the major offices.  The GOP even took offices away from Democrats.

In a race that is more reflective of voter sentiment, the GOP took over the office of Attorney General FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 70 YEARS.  And it was a black conservative Republican that did it.

Now you would think that a black conservative Republican taking an office that the Democrats have held since I was in kindergarten would be newsworthy.  If CNN and MSNBC made any mention of this historic event, I did not see it.  In fact, they seemed to have avoided any mention of the Republican successes outside the governorship.

So, in view of all that, why did the GOP lose the top office?  It has nothing to do with Trump or Republicans – or the conservative platform.  In terms of favorable rating, Bevin was the most unpopular governor in America.  His polling numbers were in the proverbial toilet.  One should not draw broad conclusions from narrow unique situations – and this was one of those cases.


Republicans did pretty well in Mississippi – which may explain why the elitist media did not have much to say about the results in the Magnolia State.  The most notable result was AGAIN in the race for Attorney General.  Republican Lynn Fitch beat Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins — making Fitch the first woman to hold the office … ever.  She was also the first Republican to win the office in … hang on … 100 years.  Certainly, that would grab the attention of all those New York based media outlets.  But noooooo.  Nary a word about this history breaking outcome.


Republicans did not do well in Virginia.  No getting around it.  Democrats had control of the governor’s office and took control of the state legislature.  There was no good news for the GOP.

This was a state in which the top state officials had all run into scandals – the governor and the attorney general for blackface and the Lt. Governor was fighting off accusations of sexual misconduct.  Republicans had hoped that the scandals would create an opportunity for them.  But they seem to not understand that scandals are rarely bad news for Democrats.

What happened in Virginia is very simple.  Northern Virginia was becoming the suburban home of the Federal bureaucrats.  This process has been going on for decades,  With the growth of the federal government and the deep state Democrat bureaucrats populating northern Virginia, it was inevitable that the once southern state would go blue.  Virginia is nothing more than an adjunct to the District of Columbia.  It proves my long-time contention that bureaucrats are – by nature—left-wing Democrats.

Virginia is one state that can be said to have been voting against Trump – disregarding the scandals that would have brought down most political officeholders.  Virginia can now be categorized as a blue state.


The fact that the #NeverTrump media did not do a complete, balanced and professional analysis of these races is just another example of how much American journalism has surrendered to partisan narratives masquerading as news.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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