The next two Senate elections, in 2018 and 2020, are the most consequential in the nation.
And they both hinge on the outcome of the 2020 gubernatorial election.
Kentucky’s elections commissioner is pushing for a re-run.
In 2018, a special election was called for the seat vacated by retiring Gov.
It was a rematch of the 2006 gubernatorial race between Democrat Bill Owens and Republican Greg Orman.
The winner took the Democratic nomination to face Owens in November.
Owens lost by more than 20 points, but the Democrats gained ground in the state’s congressional delegation.
Democrats picked up 13 of the 23 seats up for grabs in 2018, including those in the chamber that includes Owens.
Democrat Matt Bevin won the governor’s mansion in a special general election on Nov. 10.
The next gubernatorial race in 2020 is less likely to be as consequential.
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will be seeking re-election.
The 2018 gubernatorial race pitted Democrat Josh Mandel against Republican Danica Roem, and the Republican won with nearly a 30-point margin.
But in 2020, the GOP won the White House by more votes than the Democrats and the GOP is hoping to take back the governor mansion in 2018.
The Democrats have a chance in the House, and Republicans control the chamber, too.
A lot of the seats are up for re-count in the 2018 elections.
The Senate is a toss-up, too, with three Democrats and one Republican on the ballot.
Republican Tom Cotton won the chamber in the 2010 elections.