Democrats claim victory over Trump-backed Kentucky governor, seize Virginia legislature

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Let's start our world news in the United States and the local elections that may offer some clues to how next year's presidential election could unfold.
For more on this and other news around the world, let's turn to our Kim Da-mi.
Da-mi, tell us how these elections panned out.
Connyoung, the Democrats on Wednesday secured wins in Kentucky, Virginia and New Jersey.
In Kentucky, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear scored a narrow victory over Governor Matt Bevin despite an election-eve rally headlined by U.S. President Donald Trump.
In his speech in Kentucky on Monday night, President Trump told voters that they needed to re-elect Bevin or else pundits would say Trump "suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world."
Kentucky is where Trump beat Hilary Clinton by 30 percentage points in 2016.
So Beshear's victory marks a significant setback for Trump who has long maintained his popularity in the state.
Democrats also snatched both chambers of Virginia's legislature from narrow Republican majorities, the party complete control of the state government for the first time in 25 years.
In Mississippi, Republic Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves defeated Attorney General Jim Hood, who is a moderate Democrat who favors gun rights and opposes abortion rights.
While those local elections could give us a glimpse at the big one in 2020, the Democrat-led House of Representatives Intelligence Committee will kick off a series of public hearings next week in its impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
According to the committee's chairman, William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent will testify next Wednesday.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will be in the hotseat two days later.