KENTUCKY: Anti-Gay Republican Wins Governor Race

Republican Matt Bevin, who exploited Kim Davis to order to galvanize evangelicals, decisively won Kentucky’s gubernatorial race tonight, defeating Attorney General Jack Conway, who had refused to defend his state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Bevin’s candidacy was heavily supported across Teabagistan.

  • bkmn

    So much for Medicaid expansion in KY for the next four years – good going KY, keep shooting yourself in the foot!

    • S1AMER

      Kynect is probably at risk.

    • JT

      Newsflash: Dumb shit rednecks vote bigotry and fuck themselves in the process.

      • GayOldLady

        I will guarantee you that a lot of the people who voted for Bevin, are enrolled in Obamacare and will be upset when they have to jump through hoops to get insured.

        • Michael Abbett

          My brother is among them, and he regularly posts anti-Obama stuff. He recently had a heart attack and due to his low income and Kynect he was able to get health insurance for the first time in his life for like a dollar a month or some ridiculous amount. His 50 mile lifeline helicopter bill was over $46,000 alone. When their new governor guts healthcare he will blame Obama then, too. I no longer even speak to him–it’s just not worth the energy. Some people are just too dumb to protect their own best interests.

          • NIFP

            I would SO get the hell out of this state if I could! Unfortunately, my family’s health issues pretty much demand that I be here. And the “dumb shit rednecks” pretty much outnumber the rest of us.

        • ColdCountry

          And they will blame Obama, even though it is their own governor who took their medical benefits away.

      • Paul

        Brownback and his policies pretty much destroyed the economy in Kansas, and yet he was re-elected last year. I suppose I should be used to no-information voters voting against their own economic (and social) interests, but I have never been able to.

  • tristram

    This is a big win for Kim Davis in Kentucky, and HERO is getting wiped out. Time for ‘the Community’ to wake up or 2016 will be a disaster.

    • kaydenpat

      Yep. We have to get out and vote.

      • Guest

        Maybe we should just move to someplace else. I swear I’m thinking about it. But where………..

        • Paul

          I’m thinking Japan. I’m sure they have right-wing nutcases there too, but at least I won’t be able to understand them. Seriously, teaching English overseas for 4 years is not out of the question.

    • TampaZeke

      There’s a reason why Republicans schedule these referendums in off years. It’s the same reason why Republicans win big in off years. DEMOCRATS DON’T VOTE IN OFF YEARS.

      • MattM

        Despite the fact that we know better.

      • tristram

        There is no reason to think the Democrats will turn out in droves next year. If we lean on the supposition that they will and on the ‘demographic advantage’ people keep talking about, we’ll end up on our butts. The Presidential race is a huge uphill struggle for the Democratic candidate this time around – and the only way Hillary (who will be the candidate) can possibly win is by generating great turnout from the base plus the non-base elements that came out for Obama and ALSO attracting most of the swing voters in the middle 10% of the electorate. Otherwise she’s toast, and we end up with a christianist, anti-gay Supreme Court and a host of other horrors.

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  • Anybody know what the voter turn out was?

  • Paula

    As if I needed another reason to “disfavor” the south.

    • Bj Lincoln

      They just keep proving what a bunch of bigoted dumb ass morons they are. While I would love to have the weather a little farther down from Baltimore, I won’t go any farther south. Maybe west……

  • Bj Lincoln

    I hope they enjoy having an ass for Gov. and no healthcare. Bunch of backwoods morons.
    We NEED to get people to the polls!

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    For all of my “feel the Bern” friends who think they can stick it to Hillary and get away with it, let this be a wake-up call. The Supreme Court is ONE vote away from overturning marriage equality. Think it can’t happen? Here’s your shot across the bow.

    • DaddyRay

      But some people who post here say there is no difference between the two parties – guess they will find out the hard way in Kentucky

    • DutchBoy74

      Bernie can win against any Republican. I’m not worried about that. Getting him through the primary is my largest concern.

      Young people need to get off their asses, vote, and care for the primary.

      • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

        Wake me up when your friends get motivated to vote. Meanwhile, like it or not, older folks WILL vote, mainly women, mainly for Hillary.

  • deaconrta

    People get the government they deserve. Teabangelicals turned out and elected a homophobe who will likely dismantle Kentucky’s medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. I am beginning to think that conservative evangelical republicans are masochists; they keep inviting more and more suffering on themselves by empowering psychopathic people who relish inflicting suffering and don’t give two shits about the common good or the general welfare.

  • TampaZeke

    I’ve said it a hundred times. Liberals love to bitch but hate to vote. The least likely people to vote in this vote are people who most need Obamacare. But they’ll bitch and moan like bitches when this governor takes it all away from them.

  • Ray Page

    Unfortunately I’m not surprised. Bevin is anti gay, anti abortion rights, an Obama hater, pro NRA, and loves baby Jeebus.

    He rings all the bells for the rubes.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Let’s start the countdown to his sex scandal being revealed.

      • Ray Page

        I’m sure he has more skeletons in his closet than Jeffrey Dahmer.

    • JT

      I bet he rings other bells too.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU9faERbno0

  • Nausea

    Anyone who thinks the right wing majority of the Republican Party doesn’t hate us needs to pull their head out of their ass and check this result out. The backlash from the marriage decision is now beginning and it could be devastating to the gains that we have made if we don’t start voting.

  • DutchBoy74

    If this election was anything like last election only 5-10% of the registered voters UNDER 50 turned out to vote. Of those that did TWICE as many Republicans showed up.

    Of those OVER 50 (Fox News demographic), 15-20% of registered voters vote

    Democrats could easily win Kentucky if their voters actually show up to vote.
    Look at this table. It is pathetic and Kentucky has nothing but their own APATHY to blame for the shithole it continues to be.

    http://elect.ky.gov/SiteCollectionDocuments/Election%20Statistics/turnout/2011-2019/2015/voterturnoutagesex-2015P-20150720-015425.pdf

    • DaddyRay

      I will never understand why people don’t take voting seriously when their very lives depend on it.

      • Piet

        I will never understand why people don’t take voting seriously. Period.

  • pablo

    It’s Kentucky. Every year they vote for some shithead who vows to cut regulations on the coal industry, then a preventable mining accident occurs killing dozens and they cry: “How did this happen?”
    Kentucky.

    • kaydenpat

      Yet Beshear was a Democrat who implemented Obamacare. Not sure why Dems didn’t come out tonight. So much is at stake.

  • CA2015

    Bevin could be the second coming of Sam Brownback and widely despised by the time that he implements his vision for Kentucky.

    People of Kentucky, don’t say you weren’t warned.

    • Piet

      Note that Brownback got re-elected and is now serving a second term, in spite of the damage he’s done to the state. People don’t see what they don’t want to see.

      • TampaDink

        I could say the exact same thing about p.Rick Snott here in FL.
        I’ve never met anyone who openly admits to voting for Scott once, much less twice.

        • deaconrta

          I watched Governot Skeletor at the final pre-election debate, “I’d like to thank my mother, who is in heaven, for having the courage to leave an abusive husband. My two daughters, for being great.” It sent a chill down my spine at how deranged the dude looked. I remember thinking, wow, he’s done for after that unhinged performance.

          Yeah, then he got re-elected.

          I’m mystified why American voters, in the millions, are perfectly okay with electing, over and over again, people who hate government, but who personally suck voraciously at the gov’t sugar teat (look at Matt Bevin, R-Sociopath), are creeps and maybe even criminals (look at Scott DesJarlais, David Vitter, Mark Sanford) and who make the lives of their states’ citizens hellish (look at Sam Brownback, Scott Walker).

          I’m from California, so I watch all of this through the prism of a non-deranged state, but I wish we could turn these states blue and get rid of these nutjobs once and for all.

  • The Professor

    Who the fuck cares? We will never win those people over.

    • DaddyRay

      I care because if people just showed up to vote we could win

    • What?

      Are you serious?

  • Our people need to be vocal and helpful in our own communities or all the activist posturing in the world won’t mean shit. At a bare minimum contribute financially

    I tell all my friends and family to vote. I offer to drive them. I fill out their absentee ballot applications if they need the help. I tell them if they don’t care enough about me or gay rights to go vote, then don’t bother me for ANY favors when they need one. All my friends know I’m not fucking kidding.

    The Christians and Republicans do it. Democrats should too.

  • FAEN

    My fellow Dems and Progressives

    If you can’t get fired up or bothered to vote then you have no right to complain. Enjoy your new Gov-that’s what your apathy has produced.

  • JCF

    DAMMIT!!! Conway was ahead in the polls! F#ck the IDIOT Dems/Dem-leaners who stayed home. When the F#CK are we ever going to learn that the knuckle-dragging Tea People ALWAYS vote?????

    • Steven Leahy

      This always seems to be the case. Even in Ireland during their referendum, the polls skewed more heavily towards a win for our side than the actual result showed. Social conservabigots and especially old, white ones everywhere vote in higher %’s than most other groups.

      • ColdCountry

        At least this old, white liberal and all her old, white liberal friends also vote.

      • JCF

        What’s the answer? Short of banning off year elections, will (universal) Vote-By-Mail make a difference? Between the gerrymandering (not relevant to a State election), the voter suppression, and the Off Year Effect, we get SCREWED *every* year but a November Presidential Election! >:-(

        • TampaDink

          This sounds frighteningly similar to the GOP/Tea plans. They don’t want to simply keep a strangle hold on their debates, they’d love to make it illegal for the rest of us to even watch their debates…and eventually keep us from having the right to vote.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    Dear Kentucky:

    Welcome to careful-what-you-wish-for-ville…

    Your friends,
    Progressives.

  • clay

    Wouldn’t it be nice if election day were a national holiday? The people we want to vote are often those with the least workable schedules,

    • canoebum

      Elections Days…they need to be held over at least a two day period, preferably on the weekend. Like, Sunday-Monday, making Monday the holiday.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Can’t spell Kentucky without aHyuckaHyuckaHyuck!!!

  • Duane Dimitrov

    Oh. My. God.

    White Southerners voting against their own interests by electing GOP officials?

    Say it aint so!

  • GayOldLady

    The election of Bevin in KY is totally about gay hatred and Obama hatred, nothing more, nothing less. I’ve lived in the South my entire life and the hatred toward gays & blacks is so thick you can stir it. I know a lot of people in the South do not want to admit that, but it’s true. The only difference between the 2015 South and the 1955 South is that today they feel somewhat compelled to conceal their homophobia and racism. So for me it’s just the same SHIT, different day.

  • BearEyes

    so sorry to read this.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Did Mat Staver just come in his panties?

  • kaydenpat

    Bad choice for so many reasons. Oh well. They’ll have to live with this decision.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    This is why everyone needs to get off their ass and vote, especially in 2016 because SCOTUS is on the line.

    https://twitter.com/BikerBecca/status/661682523018137600

    • bill weber

      Yeah, been hearing that for 40 years. It’s an excuse for Dems to be as “centrist” as they can be.

  • Steven Leahy

    Completely disappointing but wholly unsurprising as well. KY is very red, very redneck, and very anti-gay.

  • Countdown until he’s found out to be having some sort of affair, gay or straight, and whose sexual fetishes include putting jelly between his toes and peanut butter between his lovers and interlocking them together right before he cum, which is listed on his fake Ok Cupid profile in which his picture includes him in a leather mask with a golf club and a lit candle tickling his balls?

    9…8….7….

  • Phil

    Disappointing, but there’s actually less and less damage they can do to us as time goes on. Obergefell showed that you can’t single us out for special treatment because you think we’re “icky.” All they can do now is obstruct progress, which is temporary.

    • religion is insane

      However, they’ve done plenty of damage when those old hags are in control. I don’t know we can assuage damage before they lose power.

      • Phil

        Past tense. Next step: heightened scrutiny.

        • religion is insane

          It’s not so past and baby boomers infact

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Obergefell also showed that we are one Supreme Court justice away from losing the right to marry. If a Republican wins the presidency next year, he or she will replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a right-winger. Then bingo, your marriage is void ab initio.

      • canoebum

        The Right Wing has been saying the same thing about Roe v Wade for 40 years. It’s not so easy.

  • religion is insane

    Do we really need to wait until those youths turn to their 50s?

  • What?

    I think it’s a shame that Kentucky voted in the new governor, but I refuse to use the “best interests” line. Yes, the state is one of our poorest, but people will vote in what they think is their best interest no matter what. Yes, this should be a wake-up call. Dems need to run more effective campaigns.

  • bob

    There were some places I really wanted to visit in Kentucky ! I’ll have to repeat how I handle Chick fil a and avoid it at all cost !

  • Ninja0980

    And this is why polls can’t be trusted.
    Not a single one had his wackjob winning and yet he won by a landslide.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Whenever you see results of a pre-election poll, take 10% away from the Democrat and give it to the Republican. That’s roughly how the election will turn out.

      • JCF

        In addition to Dems not voting (#$%&#!!!), there’s also the “Brady Effect”: conservatives are much less likely to respond (esp truthfully!) to pollsters. It’s part of Conservative Paranoia: “Ah’ll be shipped to a Re-Edumafication Kamp!”

  • Ninja0980

    This man has made no bones about the fact he will dismantle health care and yet was elected anyway.
    I have no pity for the fools that voted for him because they hate Obama, nor the Democrats who couldn’t be bothered to vote, you all deserve what you get.

    • religion is insane

      If those poor want to be exploited, so be it.

  • Ninja0980

    I’ll also be blunt, from what I’m reading, Conway tried to run away from Obama.. something that is impossible to do.
    Own the D next to your name instead of running from it.

  • stuckinthewoods

    Though loss of the KY governorship is far worse, it was a dark and stormy night for Eugene Delgaudio who lost to Democrat Koran Saines.

    • Robincho

      It turns out that long-haired, earring-wearing homos counted the votes, too — when they weren’t all busy on their forklifts…

    • Paula

      Now he can work full time on scamming stupid jeebus lickers out of their money.

    • MDB

      Also for Poor TeaTard Opal Covey now 0-5 in her bid for Jesus’ Mayor of Holy-Toledo.

  • Ray Page

    Vote with your dollars people. Do not travel to, or buy products from companies based in Kentucky and Houston. And just as important, tell those companies why you won’t do business with them!

  • Kevin Perez

    AP just called Houston’s HERO ordinance for the bad guys.

    • Ore Carmi

      Boo! A lot of people expected just such a result, though. What a loss. I wish the haters would just go away.

  • lenvus

    Every damn time people say the Tea Party is dead or slowly dying, I’d like to remind them of times like this. It doesn’t matter whether this is an “off” year election or not. Every person — EVERY PERSON — who is eligible and is able to actually vote has an obligation to do so. If people are so passionate during the year to actually talk about their feelings and thoughts during discussions and debates at the family table, workplace water fountain, or at the barstool with a friend, then they have no excuse to not get their behinds to the ballots.

  • Christopher Smith

    Only Teathug fascists vote, both in Kentucky and in Texass.

    • tristram

      And Virginia.

  • pebouky

    I am so fucking ashamed of my state……..the old poor rednecks got what they asked for. i just hope they can live with it. hang on the ride…..can you say scarcity and deprivation? God…i wish i could move to someplace more progressive and rational………………….pay attention to what goes on here. Way to go lazy ass dems who stayed home………………….way to go

  • Michael McReavy

    I read that the turnout in KY was about 31%. I guess the Cons were better organized.

    • JCF

      They ALWAYS are!

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      True enough. So, at the end of the day, the blame for this mess falls squarely on the left. Apathy is the greatest weapon the right has and they know it……sadly, the left knows it too and true to form, they just don’t care.

  • Ore Carmi

    Apparently, this is also bad news with respect to access to Medicaid for Kentuckians. Why are people stupid, and why does life suck?

  • Octavio

    On the bright side now there will be squirrel for everyone in Kentucky.

    • I hope they like that instead of medical care and civil rights. Also, them whores better not want any kinda procreative voodoo, because they’re going straight to the kitchens!

  • Robert Adams

    And again, the chickens vote for Col. Sanders.

    • Kissmagrits

      While the foxes, smelling of deep fryer grease, wear snappy red and white KFC uniforms.

  • Jim

    Jack Conway has lost a US House race, a US Senate race, and now the race for governor. Will Kentucky Democrats please quit nominating this guy and select a candidate who can win?

  • coram nobis

    … you! And the Kim Davis you rode in on! Thanks to you, that harpy will be the keynote speaker at the GOP convention next year.

  • Lawerence Collins

    Is it just me? He has gay face. He’s in deep denial.

  • Kissmagrits

    Message to the defense teams for LGBT rights in Kentucky and nearby states:
    Never give governor elect Bevin a minute’s peace by keeping him in court
    for the rest of his natural life.

  • Michael McReavy

    Hopefully the left will not spend so much time ‘eating popcorn’ while watching the Republican presidential antics that they forget to organize to get their vote out in the upcoming presidential and congressional races. Looking from afar, it’s very worrisome.

    • Ninja0980

      What is more worrisome is the next five to ten years and beyond.
      Our bench has simply been wiped out in so many states so when many Democrats retire, there will be no left to run.

  • Mark

    I really don’t like this country any more.

  • TheSpinMonkey

    Have no use for that state anyway…

  • Cackalaquiano

    Democrats seem to have lost a whole lot of key races last night. I have no doubt these newly empowered Republicans are going to enact a bunch of crazy legislation as fast as they can and I hope this will galvanize everyone to realize how important the 2016 national election is.

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      Flagged!

  • Toasterlad

    Fucking Kentucky.

  • Brian in Valdosta

    I am going to post this here as a benchmark for later reference:

    I predict that the newly minted Governor Bevin will be embroiled in a personal scandal within the first two years of his tenure as governor. By personal scandal I mean either a former affair will be revealed (with a staff member, of course) or possible mis-use of funds.

    Let’s wait …

  • Silver Badger

    Well, it looks like people DO get the government they deserve. Poor Kentucky.