Trump urges Kentucky ahead of state vote: Send impeachment Democrats a message


Trump held a rally in Lexington, Kentucky, on Monday evening to support Republican Governor Matt Bevin, who is trying to overcome anemic approval ratings to defeat Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has received a ringing endorsement from President Donald Trump at an election eve appearance together, hours before voters choose between Bevin and Democrat Andy Beshear.

The boisterous rally at Rupp Arena reinforced one of Bevin's main campaign themes - his alliance with Trump, whose popularity surpasses the governor's in the bluegrass state. Beshear asked the crowd, "Are you ready to fight for teachers?"

In Kentucky and MS, where Trump won easily in 2016 and remains relatively popular, the Republican candidates have nationalized the races as much as possible by tying themselves to the president.

Bevin has repeatedly tried to link himself to Trump's popularity among Kentuckians in ads, tweets and speeches throughout the campaign.

Beshear, the state's attorney general, is spending the day campaigning in western Kentucky. Are you ready to beat Matt Bevin?

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"That's not working too well, you'll see", Trump said. If the House votes to approve articles of impeachment, the Republican-controlled Senate would then hold a trial on whether to remove the president from office.

The president plans to make a trip to Louisiana for another rally later this week to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone, who is challenging Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards.

The race is being watched closely for signs of how the impeachment furor in Washington might affect Trump and other Republican incumbents in 2020.

Trump said Bevin has frequently prodded him to help court businesses to relocate in his state and bring federal dollars to the state.

Bevin promotes his conservative credentials on abortion and gun rights and condemning efforts to impeach President Trump. "I think you're going to see that today by the fact that people are turning out and they want better government", the governor said. It was part of his strategy to nationalize the race and rev up his conservative base.

Beshear accused Bevin of dividing people, pointing to the governor's feud with teachers who opposed his pension and education proposals. "See you on Monday night, VOTE TUESDAY!" he added. In the highest-profile case, a Beshear lawsuit led Kentucky's Supreme Court to strike down a Bevin-supported pension law on procedural grounds past year.