Republican Businessman Wins Kentucky Governor’s Race In Upset

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By Steve Bittenbender

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) – Republican businessman Matt Bevin was elected Kentucky’s next governor on Tuesday in a setback for Democrats who had controlled the governor’s mansion in every election but one since 1971, CNN projected.

Bevin, who rode Tea Party support to a narrow victory in a four-way Republican primary, defeated State Attorney General Jack Conway, whose late October lead in the polls evaporated on election day.

(Reporting by Steve Bittenbender; Editing by Sandra Maler)