The Kentucky Governor race is not over after current Gov. Matt Bevin formally asked for a recanvass of the vote.
Bevin’s campaign is citing certain unnamed irregularities in asking for the official recanvass.
This is not a formal recount – Bevin must go to court to get one of those, but this is the first step towards that goal.
The race was decided by around 5,000 votes out of 1.4 million so while it is doubtful the results could change it is not impossible.
Wouldn’t that be something after the media gloated all day today and blamed Trump for the loss? Remember, Bevin was unpopular because he took some unpopular positions that had little to do with Trump.
The campaign for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is officially requesting the commonwealth to recanvass the votes from Tuesday’s election.
“With last night’s election too close to call and multiple reports of voting irregularities, Governor Matt Bevin’s campaign is formally requesting an official recanvass,” the campaign said in a statement.
A gubernatorial candidate can request a recanvass of the vote, but not a full recount. A recanvass is a reprint of the receipts from voting machines that can then be checked. There is no threshold to request a recanvass.
Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear claimed victory Tuesday night in the race, but Bevin refused to concede and vowed to continue fighting. With 99% of precincts reporting, Beshear was leading by fewer than 5,000 votes.
Bevin aligned himself with President Donald Trump and has been a vocal opponent of the impeachment inquiry into the President. Bevin had the strong backing of the President, and Trump held a rally in Lexington, Kentucky, the night before the election.
“The people of Kentucky deserve a fair and honest election. With reports of irregularities, we are exercising the right to ensure that every lawful vote was counted,” said Davis Paine, Bevin’s campaign manager.