Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he’s formally requesting a recanvassing in the race for Governor.
Last night, Gov. Bevin lost to Democratic state attorney general Andy Beshear by a little more than 5,000 votes. Over 1.4 million ballots were cast, and Beshear promptly celebrated his victory as the final votes came in. Now Bevin is trying to pump the breaks.
“The people of Kentucky deserve a fair and honest election,” Bevin’s Campaign Manager Davis Paine said in a statement. “With reports of irregularities, we are exercising the right to ensure that every lawful vote was counted.”
It’s not entirely clear what “irregularities” Bevin is referring to, though White House advisor Kellyanne Conway echoed similar claims during an appearance on Fox News.
“It’s too close to call. I think they’re looking at the voter irregularities in some places,” Conway said to the hosts of “Fox & Friends.”
Kentucky’s chief election officer, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, told a local CBS affiliate that Bevin would have a few paths forward if he wants to challenge the results. It appears he’s taking the recanvassing route, which means officials will check to ensure vote totals from machines across the state were counted accurately. Grimes told CBS that she has seen more than 20 recanvases, but never seen the result of an election change.
Critics of Gov. Bevin have responded to the news by saying that his claims of “irregularities” are undercut by the fact other Republicans performed well down the ballot. Gov. Bevin had low approval ratings in the state and the race was considered a toss-up despite Gov. Bevin being heavily supported by President Donald Trump.
Beshear’s team responded to the news with a statement saying “the people of Kentucky elected Andy Beshear as their next governor.”
“Today, Governor-Elect Beshear is already working on his transition so that he can best serve the people of Kentucky on day one,” the statement added. “We hope that Matt Bevin honors the results of the recanvass, which will show he received fewer votes than Andy Beshear. As has been reported, a ‘recanvassing has never changed the result of a Kentucky election.'”