Paul dismisses Bevin loss, touts 'red wave' in other Kentucky races

Paul dismisses Bevin loss, touts 'red wave' in other Kentucky races
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress eyes killing controversial surveillance program Trump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms MORE (R-Ky.) dismissed incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's apparent loss in Kentucky as an individual loss and not an indication of a larger shift in Kentucky politics. 

Paul said Bevin's apparent loss to Democrat Andy Beshear was "mostly particularly about one race."

"And I think the teachers were very unhappy. He tried to fix the pension but got cross waves with the teachers. And I think the teachers’ anger came out," Paul said, adding that he thought Bevin was "trying to do the right thing" on teacher's pensions.

He also touted Kentucky Republicans' wins in five of the other six state-wide races. 

"We did lose the Governor’s race, we were disappointed in it. But the interesting thing is, is we beat a lot of other candidates that no one expected us to. So actually, in many ways, there was sort of a red wave in Kentucky," Paul said. 

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE similarly brushed off Bevin's loss last week, noting the five other GOP wins.

GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielRepublican Party sending mailer labeled census ahead of official forms Trump campaign, pro-Trump groups raise over million in January Man arrested in possible targeting of Trump volunteers MORE also dismissed the gubernatorial loss, and said Trump helped lift the ticket to give Republicans their other wins in the election.