Tea party favorite Matt Bevin wins Kentucky governor race

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Matt Bevin Elected Kentucky's Next Governor

On Tuesday night Kentuckians decided that they like outsider-y businessmen more than expanded healthcare coverage. While Democratic attorney general Jack Conway had a slight lead in the polls, Tea Party favorite Matt Bevin won a decisive victory in the state's gubernatorial race, taking 53 percent to Conway's 44 percent, with all precincts reporting.

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Kentucky Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin, right, and his wife Glenna react to the cheers of supporters during his introduction at the Republican Party victory celebration, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. Bevin has defeated Democrat Jack Conway to become only the second Republican governor in the state in four decades. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Kentucky Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin responds to a question during the 2015 Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate hosted by Centre College Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Danville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Kentucky Independent gubernatorial candidate Drew Curtis, center, replies to a question as Democratic candidate Jack Conway, left, and Republican candidate Matt Bevin look on during the Kentucky Bluegrass Poll Gubernatorial Debate at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin, right, addresses his supporters as his running mate Jenean Hampton looks on from the steps of the Bevin campaign headquarters in Somerset Ky., Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin visits with customers, including Joseph Whisenant, right, and his family during a campaign stop at a Chick-fil-A restaurant during the lunch hour on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. Candidates Matt Bevin, James Comer and Hal Heiner are in a tight race to decide who will represent the Republican party in November against likely Democratic nominee Jack Conway to be elected governor of Kentucky. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin tries to comfort an upset Graham Higdon, held by his father James Higdon, during a campaign stop at a Chick-fil-A restaurant during the lunch hour on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. Candidates Matt Bevin, James Comer and Hal Heiner are in a tight race to decide who will represent the Republican party in November against likely Democratic nominee Jack Conway to be elected governor of Kentucky. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)
In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 photo, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin, R-Ky, speaks to a gathering at FreePAC Kentucky, at the Kentucky International Convention Center, in Louisville, Ky. Less than a week after U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was on the defensive for a comment he made about jobs, his Republican primary challenger said he plans to release a detailed jobs plan this week. Matt Bevin criticized McConnell on Monday and said he will announce a detailed jobs plan on Thursday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
FILE -This Feb. 7, 2014 file photo shows Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin speaking at the Spencer County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner in Fisherville, Ky. Bevin is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
FOUNTAIN RUN, KY - MAY 17: Kentucky Republican senatorial candidate Matt Bevin greets voters at the Fountain Run BBQ Festival while campaigning for the Republican primary May 17, 2014 in Fountain Run, Kentucky. Bevin and Senate Minoriry Leader Mitch McConnell are campaigning heavily throughout the state during the final weekend before the Republican primary to be held May 20. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
FOUNTAIN RUN, KY - MAY 17: Kentucky Republican senatorial candidate Matt Bevin (R) talks with voters at the Fountain Run BBQ Festival while campaigning for the Republican primary May 17, 2014 in Fountain Run, Kentucky. Bevin and Senate Minoriry Leader Mitch McConnell are campaigning heavily throughout the state during the final weekend before the Republican primary to be held May 20. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
FOUNTAIN RUN, KY - MAY 17: Kentucky Republican senatorial candidate Matt Bevin holds newsborn Mary Halston Brandon at the Fountain Run BBQ Festival while campaigning for the Republican primary May 17, 2014 in Fountain Run, Kentucky. Bevin and Senate Minoriry Leader Mitch McConnell are campaigning heavily throughout the state during the final weekend before the Republican primary to be held May 20. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Senate Republican primary candidate Matt Bevin (L) campaigns in a restaurant in Sligo, Kentucky, on April 23, 2014. Bevin, an unknown businessman, opposes Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader , with 30 years in the US Senate. Bevin launched an incendiary campaign on behalf of the Tea Party, to eject the McConnell, 72, in the Republican Senate primary to be held in May. AFP PHOTO / Ivan COURONNE (Photo credit should read Ivan COURONNE/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 14: Vince Konsavage, a supporter of Matt Bevin, republican Senate candidate for Kentucky, waits in his car at the Jamestown Cafe in Jamestown, Ky., April 14, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 14: Matt Bevin, republican Senate candidate for Kentucky, talks with diners at the Village Restaurant in Liberty, Ky., April 14, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 12: Matt Bevin, republican Senate candidate for Kentucky, high fives Isabelle Sester, right, and Katelyn Hall, both 10, during the Knob Creek Gun Range Machine Gun Shoot Out in West Point, Ky. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 12: Matt Bevin, republican Senate candidate for Kentucky, talks with an attendee of the Knob Creek Gun Range Machine Gun Shoot Out in West Point, Ky. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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While Kentucky, the home of Senator Rand Paul and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is thought of as a solidly red state nationally, Democrats have traditionally controlled the state government. Bevin will be only the second Republican governor in the state in four decades. Republicans now have a majority in the state Senate, and Democrats lead by eight seats in the state House of Representatives.

Bevin, a millionaire investment manager, has had a difficult run as he tried to enter the world of politics. In 2014 he tried to unseat McConnell and lost by 25 points. After a last-minute entry into the gubernatorial race, he beat two establishment Republicans by just 83 votes.

The general election has been nasty at times, and one of the most contentious issues is the future of Kentucky's healthcare system. Current Governor Steve Beshear has been a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act, setting up the state exchange, Kynect, and accepting federal money to expand Medicaid. That led to nearly 10 percent of the state's population signing up for Medicaid coverage, and according toForbes, last year Kentucky saw the biggest reduction in the number of residents without health insurance of any state.

Bevin has vowed to do away with Kynect, sending Kentuckians to the federal exchange instead. Initially said he would end the Medicaid expansion as well, but then softened his position, saying he would prevent new enrollments but allow those who have coverage to keep it.

Bevin also split with Conway in his support for Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. "I absolutely support her willingness to stand on her First Amendment rights," he toldThe Courier Journal. "Without any question I support her."

McConnell congratulated his former rival on Tuesday, saying, "I look forward to working with him to pass a pro-coal, pro-jobs agenda at the state level to help put Kentuckians back to work."

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ABC NEWS - 9/21/15 - Paula Faris speaks to Kim Davis, the Kentucky court clerk who went to jail because she refused to issue gay marriage licenses. The exclusive interview will air on all ABC News programs and platforms. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) PAULA FARIS, KIM DAVIS
ABC NEWS - 9/21/15 - Paula Faris speaks to Kim Davis, the Kentucky court clerk who went to jail because she refused to issue gay marriage licenses. The exclusive interview will air on all ABC News programs and platforms. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) PAULA FARIS, KIM DAVIS, MATHEW STAVER (ATTORNEY)
ABC NEWS - 9/21/15 - Paula Faris speaks to Kim Davis, the Kentucky court clerk who went to jail because she refused to issue gay marriage licenses. The exclusive interview will air on all ABC News programs and platforms. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) KIM DAVIS
Surrounded by Rowan County Sheriff's deputies, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, center, with her son Nathan Davis standing by her side, makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Davis announced that her office will issue marriage licenses under order of a federal judge, but they will not have her name or office listed. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, with her son Nathan Davis at her side, makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Davis announced that her office will issue marriage licenses under order of a federal judge, but they will not have her name or office listed. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Davis announced that her office will issue marriage licenses under order of a federal judge, but they will not have her name or office listed. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
MOREHEAD, KY - SEPTEMBER 14: Rowan County clerk Kim Davis walks through the halls of the courthouse on her first day back to work, after being released from jail last week, at the Rowan County Courthouse September 14, 2015 in Morehead, Kentucky. Davis was jailed for disobeying a judges order for denying marriage licenses to gay couples on the basis of her religious faith. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
GRAYSON, KY - SEPTEMBER 8: Rowan County Clerk of Courts Kim Davis (L) holds her hands in the air with her attorney Mat Staver (C) and her husband Joe Davis (R) in front of the Carter County Detention Center on September 8, 2015 in Grayson, Kentucky. Davis was ordered to jail last week for contempt of court after refusing a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, left, at her side, greets the crowd after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was released Tuesday after five days behind bars. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis pauses as she speaks after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was released Tuesday after five days behind bars. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
GRAYSON, KY - SEPTEMBER 8: Rowan County Clerk of Courts Kim Davis (2L) joins hands with her attorney Mat Staver (2R), husband Joe Davis (R) and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (L) in front of the Carter County Detention Center on September 8, 2015 in Grayson, Kentucky. Davis was ordered to jail last week for contempt of court after refusing a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, left, at her side, greets the crowd after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was released Tuesday after five days behind bars. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, center with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, left, and attorney Mat Staver, right, founder of the Liberty Counsel, the Christian law firm representing Davis, at her side, greets the crowd after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was released Tuesday after five days behind bars. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
GRAYSON, KY - SEPTEMBER 8: Rowan County Clerk of Courts Kim Davis (L) walks off stage with her husband Joe Davis (R) in front of the Carter County Detention Center on September 8, 2015 in Grayson, Kentucky. Davis was ordered to jail last week for contempt of court after refusing a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
GRAYSON, KY - SEPTEMBER 8: Kim Davis, Clerk of Courts in Rowan County, Kentucky, looks over at Mike Huckabee after she was released from six days of incarceration at the Carter County Detention Center on September 8, 2015 in Grayson, Kentucky. Davis was ordered to jail last week for contempt of court after refusing a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
Musicians lead protesters in hymns outside the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Presidential candidates former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz each planned jailhouse meetings Tuesday with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who remains behind bars over her refusal to give marriage licenses to gay couples. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
GRAYSON, KY - SEPTEMBER 8: People hold signs in support of Rowan County Clerk of Courts Kim Davis during a rally in front of the Carter County Detention Center on September 8, 2015 in Grayson, Kentucky. Davis was ordered to jail last week for contempt of court after refusing a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
This Thursday, Aug. 3, 2015 photo made available by the Carter County Detention Center shows Kim Davis. The Rowan County, Ky. clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to comply with the law, ending a two-month standoff. (Carter County Detention Center via AP)
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Although her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied, Davis still refuses to issue marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Although her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied, Davis still refuses to issue marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, center, talks with protesters following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2015. Although her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied, Davis still refuses to issue marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, foreground left, is greeted as she arrives for work at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Davis' appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was turned down on Monday, and now she is under federal orders to begin issuing marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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