Despite next-to-nothing support by the GOP establishment (well, that's no surprise), Republican Matt Bevin won the Kentucky governorship.
The Democrat, Jack Conway, ran a dirty, mud-slinging campaign. He had his ass handed to him by the voters.
According to Politico:
Republican Matt Bevin easily won Kentucky’s governorship on Tuesday, as the GOP made major inroads in a state that had stubbornly resisted the party at the state level even as it voted reliably Republican in federal contests in recent years.
Bevin, a self-funding investment manager, rode a late surge of outside support from national Republicans to defeat Democrat Jack Conway, 53 percent to 44 percent, according to The Associated Press. Bevin will become just the second Republican to inhabit the governor’s mansion in Frankfort in more than four decades.In the interests of full disclosure, I was a contributor to Bevin's campaign.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/kentucky-governor-race-matt-bevin-wins-215502#ixzz3qUY30wvq