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Politics Chat: Northern Kentucky Chooses Beshear Over Bevin

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One of the keys to Democrat Andy Beshear's apparent win in Tuesday's Kentucky governor race was the fact that two of the three Northern Kentucky counties - Campbell and Kenton - voted for Beshear over Republican incumbent Matt Bevin.

Bevin won Boone county, the third county across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, but by much less of a margin that he did four years ago when his opponent was Democrat Jack Conway.

WVXU's Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the impact the Northern Kentucky vote had on the race, which Bevin has refused to concede. He has asked for a re-canvass of Tuesday's vote count, which showed a difference of about 5,000 between the two candidates.

Wilkinson believes that it was clear many Northern Kentucky Republicans were registering their displeasure with Bevin by voting for the Democrat Beshear Tuesday.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.