Daniel Cameron became Kentucky’s first black attorney general on Tuesday.
Cameron, 33, defeated former Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, The New York Times reported.
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The Kentucky Republican, who once served as legal counsel for Sen. Mitch McConnell, will replace Democrat Andy Beshear in the role. Beshear defeated Matt Bevin, Kentucky’s incumbent Republican governor, on Tuesday.
Some political observers saw Bevins’ defeat as a sign that McConnell’s chances of winning a seventh Senate term are in trouble.
But Cameron’s win pushes back on that narrative.
President Donald Trump’s campaign lauded Cameron’s victory in a statement to Fox News.
“President Trump’s rally helped five of six Kentucky Republicans win clear statewide victories, including Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron, who will be the first black A.G. in Kentucky history and the first Republican to hold the office since 1948,” said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.
“A star is born,” the president said, referencing Cameron, during a rally on Monday in Lexington.
Sen. Mitch McConnell tweeted out praise for Cameron on Tuesday.
“Congratulations to @DanielCameronAG, a phenomenal candidate that ran an incredible race. Proud to support the next Attorney General of Kentucky,” he said.