By Gregg Re | Fox News
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, who is backed by President Trump, has cleared his first hurdle in the pursuit of a second term, defeating three challengers to win the Republican nomination.
Bevin beat state Rep. Robert Goforth, William Woods and Ike Lawrence.
The governor’s strong showing on Tuesday gives him a boost heading into the fall campaign, in a state that has trended overwhelmingly toward the GOP.
At least among Republican voters, Bevin overcame a series of self-inflicted political wounds from his feud with groups representing public school teachers. Bevin’s approval ratings slumped after his failed attempt to change the state’s struggling public pension systems.
Trump, in a tweet, encouraged Kentuckians to vote for Bevin on Tuesday, saying he “has done a fantastic job for you and America!”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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