nearvideo President Trump campaigns for the GOP gubernative candidate Matt Bevin in Kentucky
Fox News correspondent Todd Piro reports.
He is not on the ballot, but President Trump is on the minds of voters casting ballots in the state elections across the country on Tuesday.
And the President – a year out of his own re-election – in the hope that he will work for his election magic in three deep-red Southern States, he won in the big 2016 presidential elections.
“Kentucky has a chance to send the radical Democrats a message,” Trump said during a rally on Tuesday night in Lexington. “You have to vote to reject the Democrats, extremism, socialism and corruption, and vote to reelect Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, who made a great job.”
Bevin is facing an extremely difficult re-election fight against Democratic Challenger and bitter rival, Andy Beshear, the state attorney General.
In addition to Kentucky, it’s a nail-biting gubernatorial contest is on Tuesday in Mississippi, and a race to win in Louisiana on Nov. 16. The three conservative States – have also a tradition of the election of democratic governors, the first important elections, checks — because house Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry against the Republican President.
And the results of the showdown could serve as a barometer of whether or not Trump has always mobilize the ability to, the Republicans in the voting booth.
To on Friday, Trump traveled to Mississippi with Lieutenant Gov. Tate Reeves, who is locked in a very tight contest with Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.
Take aim at democratic gubernatorial nominee, Trump argues that Hood “fought very hard to choose, crooked, Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama. This is not the kind of guy we need here.”
On Wednesday, he heads to Louisiana.
“LOUISIANA! Extreme, Democrat John Bel Edwards is to support one-sided with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, sanctuary cities, High taxes, and to Open the borders,” Trump tweeted on Friday.
The President was blasting Louisiana’s Democratic incumbent Governor, was forced into a runoff election against Republican businessman Eddie Rispone in the last month non-partisan primary election to ultimately fail to be a majority win.
In all three States, trump’s presence can make the biggest difference in Kentucky, where only two of the last 10 governors, Republicans.
Bevin’s first term was anything other than calm. He has fought to keep state lawmakers from his own party and even had a spat with his Lieutenant Governor. And he faced the three main challengers to win renomination by only 52% of the primary votes.
“If the Governor Bevin loses, he has no to blame but himself. His tendency to attack anyone who disagrees with him, judge him with trump, but he is not necessarily the same pass of voters,” said Jennifer Duffy, senior editor of the Cook Report, a nonpartisan political Handicap.
The Governor of Kentucky – one of the most unpopular in the nation-talks about Trump on the election campaign, and prominently features the President in his TV advertising. And he is always defending trump against the house impeachment inquiry.
“Bevin wants to be rescued from President Trump, who won the state by a mile in 2016, and it seems that the education is an indictment on every chance they get,” said Fox News anchor and chief national correspondent, Ed Henry.
“The point is, this race can be our first real test of whether the use of the indictment as a weapon is actually more fertile for Republicans, as Democrats, in the sense of the slogan of the conservative base,” Henry explained. “And Bevin, the problems back home, it’s a real indicator of whether or not the President nor coattails in MAGA country, just as we saw him drag a Republican across the finish line in this very special house election in North Carolina.”
In Louisiana, Edwards hopes for a repeat of his 2015 success, when he topped then-Republican sen. David Vitt in the drain. But Louisiana, like many other socially-conservative States, continues to trend red, as the once reliably democratic voters have increasingly cast ballots for the GOP candidate.
“Gov. John Bel Edwards not to be nervous, that, during the indictment Trump voters fires in the rural areas of the state, where the established to survive a few break-ins in order to,” stated front and center in his race, the depth of the political divide can Henry. “Edwards seems to still have a slight edge, but the whole reason he was forced, in a process is that the President came to the state and its voters to the polls. To avoid that Edwards under the 50-percent threshold, a runoff election.”
But Trump is not the name on the ballot. And these are not Federal elections.
Leah Askarinam, a reporter and analyst with the nonpartisan newsletter Inside elections, pointed out to borders in these increasingly partisan times, the voters might be “willing to cross party when it comes to the management of their individual States.”
To ask “gubernatorial candidates campaign, the state-specific such as the state budget and education funding-and you can cross party lines, without the same kind of political pressure as the Senate candidates, the need to work with a national legislature,” Askarinam said. “We have candidates like John Bel Edwards, the support of the state policy, the limit of abortion access, for example, is much more difficult to take a stance, as a Democrat in the Senate.”
While Trump and prosecution can’t play in the headlines, as these off – year elections, Duffy emphasizes: “I believe that the result of this year’s governors’ races will tell us a lot about the next year.”
Specifically in Louisiana, she said that if Edwards loses, “he told me that the state is unsolvable as red as Edwards no strong weak points, in addition to being a Democrat.”
And in Mississippi, they noticed that the Hood “is running the country successfully for years. In one ad, he says something along the lines of ‘I’m driving with my own truck, carry my own gun and bait my own hook.'”