According to the New York Times election tracker, Beshear is leading Bevin by more than 5,000 votes with all precincts reporting, and Kentucky's Democratic secretary of state has called the race for Beshear.
Off-year state elections in the U.S. can be a mixed bag or harbingers of things to come. Results show Bevin trails by more than 5,000 votes.
"Great going, Tate!" tweeted Trump, who had campaigned in both MS and Kentucky in the closing days of the race but stayed away from Virginia where Republicans had distanced themselves from him. For US Congress in Kentucky.
The race was closer than usual in MS, with Hood playing up his opposition to abortion rights and gun control while also campaigning to expand Medicaid in the state, which Reeves opposed.
But the combative Bevin struggled to overcome some self-inflicted wounds, highlighted by a running feud with teachers who opposed his efforts to revamp the state's woefully underfunded public pension systems.
There is little reason an incumbent Republican governor who molded himself in the image of Trump should lose a state the president won by 30 percentage points in 2016.
Let's start our world news in the United States and the local elections that may offer some clues to how next year's presidential election could unfold. Trump soon after said the boost was "maybe 20". Surely this means Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, who's also up for reelection next year, are in trouble in 2020, right?
But in Kentucky Trump might as well have been the person on the ballot.
Democrats were ecstatic following their victories in Virginia and Kentucky.
The Republicans brought in their big gun. It also positions the party to control the next round of redistricting ahead of the 2020 census.
Indeed, the high turnout was one of the first takeaways longtime Democratic consultant and Kentucky native Jim Cauley noticed on Tuesday night.
Virginia - which was once comfortably Republican and recently had been considered a swing state - is now solidly Democratic blue, the BBC's North America reporter Anthony Zurcher reports. "The urban base really made a stand last night".
Meanwhile, Democrats appeared united as they celebrated wins in Kentucky and Virginia.
Democrats poured a record-breaking amount of money into Virginia, which has always been a bellwether for national wins and has drifted left in recent years.
In Kentucky and elsewhere, state races have become more nationalized over time - with candidates campaigning on national issues and tying themselves and their opponents to national politicians. At last check, Morning Consult found 34 percent approval for Bevin and 56 percent for Trump. "Our big Rally on Friday night moved the numbers from a tie to a big WIN". "Great Going Tate!" the president tweeted early Wednesday. Trump won MS by about 18 points in 2016. With Reeves' win, the Republican Party will continue to control the governor's office and majorities in both state legislative chambers in Mississippi.
There is no way Republicans can spin that what happened Tuesday was good for them.
"These governors' races, they're very important... from a state perspective", he said, "but when it comes to the national elections, they don't matter that much".