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McConnell's 2014 Tea Party Challenger Fights KY Governor Primary to a Standstill

David Weigel, Bloomberg

For an hour on Tuesday night, Matt Bevin, a Kentucky businessman who tried and failed to carry the Tea Party's banner in 2014, looked like the Republican Party's 2015 nominee for governor. Party leaders were already congratulating him; networks were calling the race. Then, suddenly ballots from western Kentucky broke for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer—who appeared to have turned a scandal over an old girlfriend's charge of abuse into a scandal over dirty campaigning. The night ended with Bevin up by fewer than 500 votes out of more than 214,000 cast.