Conservative “Perfect Storm” Delivers Resounding GOP Win in Kentucky

The Kentucky election this week was a “perfect storm” for conservatives. Matt Bevin, a social and fiscal conservative, ran against Jack Conway, a social and fiscal liberal. A number of key factors came into play to secure Bevin the victory: Religious liberty was important because of the Kim Davis ordeal, which rallied and awakened Christians. Planned Parenthood had impact because Bevin is pro-life and Conway is pro-choice. Though not highly publicized, in the days before the election, Planned Parenthood endorsed Conway and engaged in phone calls, hoping to impact the election. Bevin is a political outsider; Conway is a “career” politician.