LOUISVILLE-- In November, the nation went blue, and Democrats gained 41 Congressional seats.
That was the case in many state houses as well. However, in Kentucky, Republicans ended up ahead.
Despite that, political scientist Dr. Dewey Clayton says that doesn’t mean Democrats don’t have a chance for Kentucky’s top job.
The University of Louisville professor said, “I do think that the right Democratic candidate will have a shot, and I say that because the current governor doesn’t have the greatest approval ratings and he is, he’s doing things that are not endearing him to a large portion of the electorate.”
During the recent legislative session, Governor Matt Bevin once again came out against teachers who took to the Capitol to protest various education related bills. In a Facebook video, he said, "I think parents across Kentucky are very appropriately getting a little weary of, and that is the idea of pretending to be sick when you're not sick, and doing this at the expense of the very students that public education is intended to serve."
Meanwhile, during that same time, all three of the main Democratic candidates, Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, and Adam Edelen,came out in support of teachers.
As teachers gathered in the Capitol Annex, Beshear said, "These folks work hard. They are not pain enough money. And right now, they have a governor that calls them names and attacks them day in and day out."
Edelen echoed that sentiment, "Certainly, making sure we keep the pension promise to our teachers is the right thing to do."
Adkins spoke of teachers coming to the Capitol, saying "Teachers have every right to be here today. They want a voice in this process. Especially when it comes to the Teacher Retirement System."
Clayton says that could have Bevin leaving the governor’s mansion. He said, “A lot of these teachers are of both political parties and many of them have actually decided they want to run for office and they’re still protesting, and so he’s not garnering goodwill. And a lot of the parents have been supporting these teachers, even when they’ve been engaged in these so-called sick-outs.”
However, he says the main determination on which person leads Kentucky will be simply who shows up on Election Day.
“Bevin may have awakened something that he may regret in the long-term, because I suspect that teachers and those that support them may be coming at him full force. Clearly, if turnout if huge, I don’t think that’s going to favor Governor Bevin at all", said Clayton.
Voter turnout in 2015 was 30.6%.