Democrat Jack Conway failed to roll up the large margin in Jefferson County he needed to win as Matt Bevin grabbed large margins throughout the rest of the state.
The Associated Press called the race for Bevin at 8:16 p.m. ET. With 79 of 120 counties reporting, Bevin led Conway by a 51%-45% edge.
Independent Drew Curtis was getting about 4%.
Down ticket, Democrats underperformed against the Republicans as incumbent Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Auditor Adam Edelen struggled down the stretch. And the GOP was positioned to possibility overtake Andy Beshear, the governor’s son, in the race for attorney general.