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How Beshear supports candidates across the country

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WASHINGTON — With beer cans in hand, Gov. Andy Beshear, D-Ky., and incumbent Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., appear in a new video posted to the social media platform X in which Beshear supports his fellow Democrat.


What you need to know

  • After his reelection, Gov. Andy Beshear, D-Ky., is joining other closely watched races across the country
  • Beshear's political action committee (PAC) has announced its first round of endorsements
  • The governor recently appeared in a video with Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.

“I won one of the toughest races in the country to get re-elected, and I'm here with my good friend, Kentucky Governor … Andy Beshear,” Tester said.

“I’m here because Jon is a fighter for rural America,” Beshear said. “He has brought millions of dollars to expand high-speed internet and clean drinking water to Kentucky.”

Kentucky voters reelected Beshear in a high-profile race last November.

He founded a political action committee called “In This Together,” which has raised nearly $130,000 so far, according to the most recent data available from the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The PAC recently announced endorsements from candidates including Tester, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev.

“We want to help other candidates out there who want to push back against this division and run in a way that brings Democrats and Republicans together,” Beshear said in February. “I think we have a good story and a good example that we can hopefully share with people to help them win.”

“Democrats know they need to be able to do more of what Gov. Beshear accomplished in Kentucky, the way the Electoral College structures our votes, the way the U.S. Senate structures our votes structured,” said Stephen Voss, political scientist at the University of Kentucky (UK). Science professor and political analyst. “Democrats cannot afford to stick to the coasts of New England and California and hope to catch up with the Republican Party.”

Some of Beshear's successes cannot be repeated, Voss said, such as the support he received for his response to tornadoes and floods that devastated parts of Kentucky. But the governor offers Democrats a model for how to better communicate and gain exposure, Voss added.

“Being seen with someone like Gov. Beshear, who has garnered national attention, is a way for a politician running for office to send a message about what kind of Democrat he or she will be,” said Voss.

Beshear could use the PAC to run for president or build support among politicians nationwide for something down the line, Voss said.

Asked whether the PAC signals that he has ambitions for higher office, Beshear said in February that he founded the PAC because his campaign showed that “hate and division don't work” and that he works every day of his campaign term in office.