Trump blames GOP loss in KY gubernatorial race on 'stench' of Mitch McConnell

November 11, 2023

Election Day saw Democrat incumbent Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear triumph over Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and former President Donald Trump believes that the reason for the loss of his preferred candidate boiled down to one thing, namely, the “stench” of the Senate minority leader, who hails from the state, as The Hill reports.

Taking to his Truth Social platform the day after the contest, Trump said, “Daniel Cameron lost because he couldn't alleviate the stench of Mitch McConnell.”

Trump further quipped, “I told him early that's a big burden to overcome.”

Cameron had been enjoying what appeared to be growing support in the run-up to the election, and many believed that Trump's endorsement had the potential to make the race a very close one.

Indeed, on the Saturday prior to the election, Trump noted that the Kentucky AG “has made a huge surge, now that they see my strong Endorsement, and the fact that he's not really 'a McConnell guy,'” again referencing the Senate leader with whom he has had a long-running fued.

“They only try to label him that because he comes from the Great State of Kentucky,” Trump added, while also noting, “I moved him up 25 Points, but the McConnell relationship was 'too much to bear.'”

One person who was not on board with Trump's explanation for the loss, however, was former New Jersey Gov. and current Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie, as USA Today explained.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, Christie offered his own take on what prompted Cameron's defeat.

“Trump endorsed candidate Daniel Cameron loses the Governor's race in DEEP RED Kentucky,” Christie's post began.

He went on, “Another loss for Trump. The losing will only end for Republicans if we rid ourselves of Donald Trump. Trump – loser in '18, '20, '21, '22 and now '23,” Christie added, referencing a series of elections in which the GOP did not live up to expectations.

Cameron had previously expressed gratitude for Trump's support, suggesting that it was the former president's endorsement that paved the way to his win in the Kentucky Republican primary.

He asserted at the time that “the Trump culture of winning is alive and well in Kentucky.”

Christie, however, holds a very different view, saying on CNN this week, “Cameron was a rising star in the Republican Party until he decided to throw his lot in with Donald Trump” and adding, “let's face it, Donald Trump is political and electoral poison down ballot.”

Many political observers had been keeping a close eye on the Kentucky gubernatorial race, believing it to be a possible bellwether for the 2024 presidential contest, but whether that supposed predictive power is ultimately borne out next November is something that remains to be seen.

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