Republicans win governor's races in Mississippi, Kentucky

File photo of Kentucky Republican senatorial candidate Bevin addressing the crowd during a campaign stop in LexingtonBy Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) – Republican businessman Matt Bevin was elected Kentucky’s next governor on Tuesday, marking a setback for Democrats who had controlled the office in every election but one since 1971 and underscoring the party’s decline in the conservative U.S. South. Bevin, who rode Tea Party support to a narrow victory in a four-way Republican primary, soundly defeated State Attorney General Jack Conway, whose late October lead in the polls evaporated on election day. “This is a chance for a fresh start,” said Bevin at his victory event, calling his candidacy an opportunity to change traditional politics.

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