Defying the polls, Republican businessman Matt Bevin was elected governor of Kentucky Tuesday night.

Bevin was winning 52 percent of the vote to Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway's 44 percent, with independent Drew Curtis taking the rest. Bevin lost a GOP primary challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell, now the majority leader, in 2014. Conway was the 2010 Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate but lost to Rand Paul.

The last Bluegrass Poll before the election showed Conway with a 5-point edge over Bevin, who only won the Republican primary for governor by 83 votes.

Bevin's win comes the same day outgoing Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear predicted Democrats will run on Obamacare in 2016 and "pound the Republicans into dust."

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