Kentucky AG Beshear wins Democratic gov. primary

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The Latest on Kentucky’s primary election (all times local):

8:40 p.m.

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Attorney General Andy Beshear has won the Democratic nomination for governor in Kentucky, setting up a showdown with his political nemesis – Republican incumbent Matt Bevin.

In Tuesday’s primary election, Beshear defeated two other prominent Democrats – former state auditor Adam Edelen and longtime state Rep. Rocky Adkins.

Beshear will try to restore the governorship for Democrats and carry on a family tradition. His father, Steve Beshear, was a popular governor whose two terms preceded Bevin’s tenure.

Even during the primary campaign, Beshear aimed most of his criticism at Bevin. The two have waged a series of legal battles in recent years as Beshear challenged some of Bevin’s executive actions and sued him on pension and education issues.