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President Trump's campaign addresses how Bevin's loss might affect Kentucky votes in 2020

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Published: Nov. 6, 2019 at 6:27 PM EST
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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence did everything they could to help Governor Matt Bevin's re-election bid.

Some believe the incumbent's loss, along with other election night losses by Republicans nationwide, could spell trouble for the President's own 2020 re-election bid.

"It is a major wakeup call for the Republicans, and I'd certainly expect them to be running scared today," said David Bergstein, DNC director of battleground sate communications.

While Republicans won five of the six statewide races Tuesday night, spokespeople for the Democratic National Committee see the results as a major victory.

The President won Kentucky by 30 points in 2016, but they say voters just sent a distinctly different message straight to the White House.

"Because Trump went to Kentucky, he campaigned for Bevin, he actually said, 'Bevin, if you lose, it's going to look really bad for me', and it does," said Bergstein.

On Wednesday, President Trump's 2020 Director of Strategic Communications Marc Lotter addressed how Bevin's failed bid might impact the campaign.

"These governors' races, they're very important, from a state perspective, but when it comes to the national elections, they don't matter that much," Lotter stated. "I don't think any of those blue states with Republican governors are going to suddenly switch. I also don't think that there's any, any chance that Kentucky is not going to be in President Trump's column next year."

Lotter also says presidential support is the only reason the race was close.

"These governor's races, they're very important…from a state perspective, but when it comes to the national elections, they don't matter that much," said Lotter.

President Trump also tweeted that his rally in Lexington Monday night had a big impact on the races, implying that Governor Bevin did as well as he did in his race because of the President's help.

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