Does Andy Beshear's win mean Kentucky is ready to move off coal?

The Democrat's gubernatorial campaign showed how a climate-conscious message can win in the state

Andy Beshear.
(Image credit: Illustrated | AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, PytyCzech/iStock)

Tuesday's election results brought some upsets, perhaps none more dramatic than Kentucky's gubernatorial race: In that deep red state, where President Trump's commitment to defending the coal industry helped him win by 30 points in 2016, a Democrat nonetheless just eked out a win for governor.

Kentuckians' understandable desire for economic prosperity, their association of that prosperity with coal, and the resulting perception that they must support Republicans to defend coal, have all formed a tightly-mortared political brick wall — one that's been nearly impossible for Democrats to break through. Tuesday's results certainly don't portend a collapse of that wall. But they do suggest some cracks are growing.

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