Daniel Cameron (R) defeated Gregory Stumbo (D) in Kentucky’s attorney general election Tuesday night with 58% of the vote to Stumbo’s 42%. The results mark a party change; the incumbent attorney general is Andy Beshear (D), who ran for governor against incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin (R).
Democrats have controlled Kentucky’s attorney general office since 1948.
Before running for attorney general, Cameron served as a law clerk to Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, worked at a private firm in Louisville, and was legal counsel to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Stumbo’s experience includes 30 years in the Kentucky General Assembly and four years as the attorney general of Kentucky from 2004 to 2008.
The state’s recent election results suggested the 2019 race could be competitive. In 2015, Beshear defeated Whitney Westerfield (R) by a margin of 50.1% to 49.9%. In the 2016 presidential election, Trump won Kentucky with 62.5% of the vote. Trump endorsed Cameron on July 29, 2019.