Democrats claim victory in key Virginia and Kentucky elections

  US Democrats have made gains in state elections, in what is being seen as a blow to President Donald Trump.

Democrat Andy Beshear claimed victory in Kentucky’s governor vote, after a tight race in the conservative-leaning state.

Meanwhile, Democrats seized full control of the legislature in Virginia for the first time in over 20 years.

The results are being viewed as a gauge of the political mood ahead of next year’s presidential election.

However, Republicans held on to power in the Mississippi governor vote, following a closely-fought race.

US state governors head the executive branch in state governments.

In Kentucky, Beshear claimed victory over incumbent Republican governor Matt Bevin after final results gave him a lead of 0.4%.

However, Beshear, a 41-year-old attorney general whose father was a former governor of the state, said: “We will be ready for that first day in office and I look forward to it.”

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