A conservative political scientist and election pundit isn't overly concerned about a second Democratic gubernatorial victory in a deep Red State during recent elections, saying those GOP losses are consistent with the history of off-year elections.
On Saturday, John Bel Edwards – Louisiana's Democratic incumbent governor – eked out a win (51% to 49%) against Republican challenger Eddie Rispone. Edwards' reelection is being viewed as a disappointment for President Donald Trump, who held three rallies in the state trying to help Rispone come out on top. The Republicans' loss in the Bayou State comes just 11 days after Kentucky's incumbent Republican governor, Matt Bevin, lost a razor-thin reelection bid to Democrat Andy Beshear.
Dr. Charles Dunn, professor emeritus of government at Clemson University, disagrees with the notion that these defeats are a sign of Trump trouble in the heartland.
"Historically a party in the White House, when it has candidates running in off-year elections, has difficulty – and the races here illustrate that," he tells OneNewsNow.
Dunn suggests that people need to examine the impact Trump did have on these two races.
"Had it not been for Trump's work on behalf of these two candidates, they would have lost by very significant margins," the political scientist notes. "In effect, Trump made both of those races, Kentucky and Louisiana, horse races down to the wire."
Both of the Republican gubernatorial candidates had serious flaws, according to Dunn, who argues made it difficult even for Trump to help overcome.