Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Wednesday demanded a recanvassing of the vote after election results show him narrowly losing his bitterly contested reelection bid by several thousand votes.
Bevin’s campaign manager, Davis Paine, told the Associated Press that Bevin requested the recanvassing of the vote just hours after the governor refused to conceded to Democrat Andy Beshear.
A recanvass is a check of the vote count to ensure the results were added correctly.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes confirmed that he office received the recanvass request from Bevin’s camp.
Meanwhile, Beshear turned his focus towards a likely transition from state Attorney General to the Governor’s office and said he was confident in the election outcome Tuesday night.
“Whatever process that the governor chooses to go down, it’s not going to change this overall number of votes,” Beshear said at a news conference. “We are going to take the steps to move forward to make sure that we are ready … on the day that we’re inaugurated.”
With 100% of precincts reporting, Beshear led by a little over 5,000 votes out of more than 1.4 million counted, or a margin of less than 0.4 percentage points.
That’s inside the margin that would trigger a recount in most states, and it’s AP policy not to call races that could go to a recount. However, there is no mandatory recount law in Kentucky.
Speaking to supporters Tuesday night, Bevin called it a “close, close race” and said he wasn’t conceding “by any stretch.”
With Post wires
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