Warnings signs for both parties in state and local elections

Matt Bevin

WASHINGTON (AP) — State and local elections across the country this week produced warning signs for both Democrats and Republicans as they press toward next year’s presidential contest.

Democrats lost ground in state legislatures and governor’s mansions, raising questions about the party’s strength when Barack Obama’s name isn’t on the ballot.

And in Kentucky, Republican Matt Bevin’s win for the governorship could be a sign that many voters are serious about electing outsider candidates.

That sounds good for the GOP, whose leading presidential candidates are Donald Trump and Ben Carson. But Democrats still have important demographic advantages in the states that often determine presidential elections. And Republican leaders are skeptical that outsiders’ rebellious appeal will be sufficiently deep and lasting to send such a candidate to the White House.

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