Only one Democrat represents Kentucky in the House, and not since 1998 has the state been represented by one in the Senate. Still, the party thought it could run a competitive race for the Senate seat next year.
But after big losses in Tuesday's elections, hopes for challenging Republicans in next year's Senate race are suddenly dimmer. Adam Edelen, Kentucky's auditor of public accounts, had been viewed as a possible candidate in that race. That was until he lost his re-election bid in an upset Tuesday.