Here’s the latest news out of Kentucky:
Kentuckians are none too pleased with their governor, according to a new Mason-Dixon poll.
Statewide, 53 percent of Kentucky voters disapprove of Matt Bevin’s performance, up from 41 percent disapproval last year, the polling company said in a news release.
That could spell trouble for the Republican in the race for re-election. Already, Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat, holds a 48-40 lead over Bevin in a head-to-head election matchup, the polling company said. About 12 percent are still undecided.
Independent polling firm Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy found 38 percent of Kentuckians approved of their governor's performance while 53 percent disapproved. Mason-Dixon, based in Jacksonville and Washington, D.C., interviewed 625 registered Kentucky voters Dec. 12-Dec. 15. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
Bevin fared only a little better in the conservative bastion of Northern Kentucky, where 40 percent of people surveyed approved and 51 percent disapproved.
A year ago, more Kentuckians approved of Bevin, 45 percent, compared to 41 percent who disapprove, according to Mason-Dixon.
This is not good news for Bevin as he faces re-election in 2019.
The two Democratic candidates running for governor next year, Attorney General Andy Beshear and Kentucky House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins both led Bevin in Mason-Dixon's polling. Beshear led by 8 percentage points, 48 percent to 40 percent while Adkins led by only 1 percentage point, 42 percent to 41 percent.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a prominent Democrat who is mulling a gubernatorial run but hasn't announced, trailed Bevin by 1 percentage point, 46 percent to 47 percent.
It remains to be seen who is the stronger Democrat against Bevin but it’s clear we cannot underestimate Bevin and his chances at re-election. Trumpism and tribalism could save him but a lot could happen between now and next November. Either way, we have to get ready. Click below to donate and get involved with the Democrat you support: