Republican Matt Bevin bested Attorney General Jack Conway in the headline race for governor, making him the first GOP governor of Kentucky since Ernie Fletcher left office in 2007 and only eighth since the party was founded in 1854. Bevin's running mate, Jenean Hampton, becomes the first person of color to hold a statewide office in Kentucky.
In downticket races, the biggest upset of the night was the loss of incumbent Democrat Adam Edelen to Mike Harmon for Auditor. Meantime, incumbent Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Democrat Andy Beshear, the son of outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear, narrowly won their respective races for Secretary of State and Attorney General.
The two biggest vote-getters of the day, Republicans Allison Ball and Ryan Quarles, won their races for Treasurer and Commissioner of Agriculture, respectively.