7 Takeaways from Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Florida Elections

Republicans have their candidate in Kentucky, Democrats have their majority in Pennsylvania and the 2024 GOP presidential primary has another clash between former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the books.

Voters threw DeSantis a pair of brushbacks on Tuesday, most notably in Kentucky where the Florida governor’s eleventh hour endorsement in the GOP governor primary flopped. Back home in Jacksonville, Democrats knocked off another DeSantis ally, electing the city’s first female mayor.

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Cameron early, offering the 37-year-old attorney general his support last June. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is poised to take Trump on for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination, made an eleventh-hour entry into the Kentucky race, backing Craft — who then fell flat on Tuesday. Trump won the day and demonstrated his enduring influence with Republican primary voters — a reality Cameron acknowledged when he offered “a big thank you” to Trump at his election night party.

Here are 7 takeaways from the elections in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Florida.

  1. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Cameron early, offering the 37-year-old attorney general his support last June.
  2. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is poised to take Trump on for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination, made an eleventh-hour entry into the Kentucky race, backing Craft — who then fell flat on Tuesday.
  3. Trump won the day and demonstrated his enduring influence with Republican primary voters — a reality Cameron acknowledged when he offered “a big thank you” to Trump at his election night party.
  4. Cameron’s victory sets up one of 2023’s most important elections, and one with implications for 2024.
  5. Beshear’s bid for a second term could be an important bellwether for next year, when his party is defending Senate seats in other red states — Montana, Ohio and West Virginia.
  6. Republicans, though, argue that despite Beshear’s popularity, November’s general election is likely to be competitive in the deep-red state.
  7. Cameron on Tuesday said the Republican-controlled legislature deserves most of the credit for Beshear’s accomplishments.

Source: CNN

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