Beshear is the first governor of Kentucky to win without a majority in more than 100 years.
It didn’t show up on the scoreboard, but Democrats made inroads in GOP strongholds last year.
The GOP is trying to win back-to-back races in the Bluegrass State for the first time in 120 years – more than doubling the next longest drought in the nation.
Three states have no living former members of the upper legislative chamber while six states have just one.
Of the eight sitting governors to seek their party’s nomination since the early 1900s, Bevin’s 13.4-point win was the closest.
In 2015, Democratic gubernatorial nominees in each of these states received the lowest support recorded by their party in more than 140 years.
Each of the last three Kentucky governors seeking another term did so with a new running mate.
Democrats have won just four of 135 elections to statewide office in the Deep South since Barack Obama became president.
In the direct election era, parties in the midst of nine-election winning streaks have gone on to win a 10th consecutive contest in 42 of 47 attempts.
Only one region of the country is regularly seeing both parties win U.S. Senate seats in the vast majority of its states.