Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the recent elections in his home state were a “red wave” as he dismissed the apparent loss of sitting Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican.
“When you look at all the races—there were six statewide races—we won five out of six; Republicans won five out of six,” Paul said during a Nov. 10 appearance on NBCs “Meet the Press.”
“We did lose the governors race, we were disappointed in it. But the interesting thing is we beat a lot of other candidates that no one expected us to. So actually, in many ways, there was sort of a red wave in Kentucky.”
The five wins included the election of Daniel Cameron, the first African-American attorney general in Kentucky history.
Bevin was said to have lost to Andy Beshear, the son of former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, though the governor has declined to concede and called for a recanvass.
According to the unofficial election results, Bevin lost to Beshear by 5,189 votes.
Paul said Bevins loss stemmed in part from his attempts to have teachers pay more for their pensions, prompting “teachers anger” to come out.
“I think he was trying to do the right thing, which is save the pension for the teachers. But its tough. When you ask people to pay more to keep their pension in place, people get unhappy,” Paul said.
Host Chuck Todd wondered whether Bevins efforts to tie himself to President Donald Trump and Beshear to the national Democratic Party hurt Bevin.
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