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Matt Bevin Beats Jack Conway To Become Next Kentucky Governor

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Louisville businessman Matt Bevin will be the next governor of Kentucky, just the third Republican to hold the office in 65 years. Bevin defeated Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway despite poll results showing Conway with a five point lead a week before the election.

“And I’ll tell you I’m a Republican and have always been a Republican and I’m proud for the fact that this is a great night for the Republican Party in the state of Kentucky," Bevin says.

In his concession speech, Conway said he was ready to spend more time with his daughters, “Tonight was not the result we had hoped for, but it is the result we will respect.”

Bevin survived a four-way primary election, winning by just 83 votes.

Bevin made scaling back the state’s expanded Medicaid a central plank of his platform during the campaign. He’s also a proponent of right-to-work legislation, which would forbid unions from collecting dues as a condition of employment.

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Ryland Barton is the Managing Editor for Collaboratives for Kentucky Public Radio, a group of public radio stations including WKMS, WFPL in Louisville, WEKU in Richmond and WKYU in Bowling Green. A native of Lexington, Ryland most recently served as the Capitol Reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. He has covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin.
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