Published: Wed, November 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

These are the key races Trump is watching in today's elections

These are the key races Trump is watching in today's elections

Bevin's first term as Kentucky governor has been marked by pitched battles against state lawmakers - including Republicans - and teachers.

Kentuckians need to re-elect Bevin, said Trump, or else pundits will say: "Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world".

Simmons said he's a staunch Trump supporter and thinks the impeachment investigation is unfounded. Another called Paul's remarks about the whistleblower "deeply irresponsible".

Trump held a campaign rally in Lexington, Kentucky on behalf of Governor Matt Bevin, who is being challenged by the state's Democratic attorney general, Andy Beshear.

During the rally, Paul and Mr. Trump also called on House Democrats to subpoena the whistleblower to testify before the impeachment committees. "You can't let that happen to me".

"Donald Trump has brought the entire Republican Party down to his despicable level", CNN commentator Keith Boykin tweeted, adding that Paul "should be ashamed of himself".

Trump will continue a campaign swing through the South this week, rallying on behalf of the Republican challenging Louisiana's Democratic governor on Wednesday and attending a fundraiser in Atlanta on Friday.

In Kentucky and MS, where Trump won easily in 2016 and remains popular, the Republican candidates have nationalized the races as much as possible by tying themselves to the president. He's a brash, combative politician - Trumplike before Trump was even president - and that's alienated even many Republican voters in the red state.

The whistleblower complaint is now at the heart of the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry, alleging President Trump force Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son for political gain.

US whistleblower laws exist to protect the identities and careers of people who bring forward accusations of wrongdoing by government officials.

Trump also drew raucous applause for declaring that, hours earlier, his administration had given official notice that the United States was withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement.

And while Bevin basked in the glow of Trump's endorsement Monday, Beshear spent the day campaigning in western Kentucky focusing on state issues. It was part of his strategy to nationalize the race and rev up his conservative base. He denounced the impeachment probe. Beshear has his own political pedigree that could help him too - his father, Steve Beshear, was a popular governor who preceded Bevin. Wielding his authority as the state's top lawyer, Beshear filed a series of lawsuits challenging Bevin's executive actions to make wholesale changes to boards and commissions and sought to block Bevin-backed pension and education initiatives. The complication? Mississippi Democrats are running state Attorney General Jim Hood, an older white man with moderate policy positions, hardly an inspiring figure for disenfranchised minorities.

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