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NBC News Veteran: Matt Bevin's Kentucky Win Could Cause 'Terror' in Democratic Ranks


"If it goes this way, it's radioactive for the Democrats."

U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin (R-Ky), speaks to a gathering at FreePAC Kentucky, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Tuesday night, shortly after businessman Matt Bevin scored a poll-defying win, becoming just the second Republican elected governor of Kentucky in four decades, some political pundits wondered if this was a harbinger for the 2016 elections.

Appearing with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, veteran NBC anchor Tom Brokaw analyzed the win, stating, "I think the terror for the Democrats is, is that a metaphor for the national election?"

Brokaw talked about Bevin's campaign strategy, which made the race more about President Barack Obama's policies than his opponent's. He also cited renown political prognosticator Charles Cook's statement on the election, "If it goes this way, it's radioactive for the Democrats because it's a rejection, again, of Obama and what the Democrats are standing for at this point."

Watch Brokaw breakdown the reasons for Bevin's big win.


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