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Kentucky governor race: Democrat Andy Beshear beats Republican incumbent Matt Bevin

Democrat Andy Beshear has won the governor's race in Kentucky, defeating incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, several news organizations are projecting.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Beshear, the state's attorney general, leads Bevin by about 8,000 votes.

President Trump won the red state in 2016 by 30 points, and held a rally in Lexington on Monday night to try to drum up support for Bevin. Bevin, however, is deeply unpopular in Kentucky, and Beshear ran against him on several important issues, including education and health care. Beshear's father, Steve Beshear, was a two-term governor of Kentucky.