Amid growing evidence of a national wave benefiting Republicans, Democrats can take some small measure of solace: The party will maintain control of the Kentucky state House.
Democrats claimed 53 of the 100 seats in the state House, with two races still up in the air, meaning the majority is safe. Republicans had hoped to pick up the House on the coattails of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), who won a surprisingly big re-election victory.
The Democratic win is a small blow to Sen. Rand Paul’s (R) presidential hopes. A state law prohibits a candidate to run for two federal offices at the same time, meaning Paul could not both run for president and reelection to the Senate in 2016.
Paul had worked to elect state House Republicans, recording late robo-calls aimed at getting out the vote for GOP candidates. Republicans still control the Kentucky state Senate.