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Election Night Roundup

November 9, 2011
-- Democrats are having a good night in Kentucky: On top of Gov. Steve Beshear's easy re-election win, Democrats are cleaning up in most of the down-ballot races. Attorney General Jack Conway soundly defeated his Republican challenger, Todd P'Pool. Democrat Adam Edelen won the auditor's race and Alison Grimes won the secretary of state election. The race for treasurer was closer, but ultimately incumbent Todd Hollenbach beat Republican K.C. Crosbie. Republicans' only victory in the Bluegrass State came in the agriculture commissioner's race, where James Comer beat Democrat Robert Farmer. Comer had one thing the other GOP candidates on the ballot didn't: A close relationship with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Sources in Kentucky said the two hit it off earlier this year and McConnell helped Comer put together his campaign team. Especially with McConnell up for re-election in 2014, it's helpful for Democrats to build up their bench in the state.
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