PSA: 2019 Election

No, that’s not a typo.

Voters in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia will take to the polls on November 5, 2019 to vote for their state’s governor, legislature, initiatives, mayors, etc.

What are states voting for:

  • Kentucky: Democratic Andy Beshear hopes to unseat one of the country’s least popular governor Matt Bevin. Trump will travel to KY later today to hold a rally in Bevin’s honor.
  • The Democratic Party will also try to retain the only two Constitutional offices they hold. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has served her allowed two terms and now will challenge Moscow Mitch for his US Senate seat in 2020.
  • Hoping to replace Grimes is Democrat Heather French Henry and Republican Michael Adams.
  • Since KY’s current Attorney General has challenged Bevin, his seat is up for grabs. “Republicans hope to gain control of the office for the first time since 1947. Former Attorney General Greg Stumbo, a Democrat, is trying to win back the position. He’s running against Republican Daniel Cameron, a former general counsel to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.”
  • KY will also vote for Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer, and Ag Commissioner.
  • Louisiana: Gov. John Bel Edwards is fighting for a second term, with Republican businessman Eddie Rispone within striking distance of ousting the Deep South’s only Democratic governor.
  • Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin hopes to hang onto the job against competition from Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup.
  • Louisiana will also choose a new Louisiana Supreme Court justice and will settle the remaining state legislative races.
  • Mississippi: GOP Gov. Phil Bryan has termed out. Republican Tate Reeves, the lieutenant governor, faces off against Democrat Jim Hood, the state’s longtime attorney general.
  • Voters will also vote for Attorney General:
    • Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins, former executive director of the Mississippi American Civil Liberties Union, faces off with Republican Mississippi State Treasurer Lynn Fitch. Voters will elect the first woman to serve as the state’s attorney general.
    • If Collins wins, she will have the additional distinction of being Mississippi’s first African American elected official for a state-wide office since Reconstruction.
  • Virginia: The Democratic Party has a chance to control Virginia’s Delegation.
  • Democrats would be able to implement the state’s policy agenda for the first time since they held both houses and the governorship in 1993.
  • Gun policy was named by voters as the top overall issue this election year in a recent Washington Post-Schar School poll. The state suffered a mass shooting in Virginia Beach in May, prompting Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to convene a special session of the General Assembly to take up gun control. But Republicans who control the legislature shut down the July session in 90 minutes without taking up a single piece of legislation, handing Democrats a campaign issue that they have been running on ever since. National gun-control groups have poured money into the state.”

***Tomorrow, our lovely Rachel will bring you all the latest election updates once the polls close.

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