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UPDATE: Beshear Claims Victory in Kentucky; Bevin Refuses to Concede

Posted on | November 5, 2019 | No Comments

UPDATE 10:40 p.m. ET: With 100% of precincts reporting:

Andy Beshear (Dem) ……. 711,955 …… 49.2%
Matthew Bevin (GOP) ….. 707,297 …… 48.8%
John Hicks (Lib) …………… 28,307 …….. 2.0%

I asked earlier, and there is apparently no runoff provision for elections in Kentucky. WHAS-TV reports the latest:

In a hotly contested race for Kentucky governor, Democratic challenger Andy Beshear is claiming victory while current Governor Matt Bevin refuses to concede.
The race has been too close to call for the Associated Press.
Before making a speech to his supporters, the attorney general tweeted “Thank you Kentucky.”
“After tonight, we move forward with every citizen in Kentucky,” Beshear said to thunderous applause.
He says he is committed to every citizen of the Commonwealth regardless of whether they’re Democrat or Republican.
“I will work hard to earn your trust,” Beshear said.
Beshear was joined by his family and his father, former Governor Steve Beshear.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Beshear has a lead of 4,658 votes out of more than 1.4 million counted, or a margin of 0.3 percentage points.
“This is a close, close race, we are not conceding by any stretch. Not a chance,” Bevin told his supporters at the Galt House. . . .
There is no mandatory recount law in Kentucky. Bevin may request counties recanvass their results, which is not a recount, but rather a check of the vote count to ensure the results were added correctly.
Bevin would need to seek and win a court’s approval for a recount, the process for which would be dictated by the court.

9:05 p.m. ET: With about 97% of precincts reporting the Kentucky governor’s race, these are the numbers:

Andy Beshear (Dem) ……. 687,014 …… 49.4%
Matthew Bevin (GOP) ….. 676,677 …… 48.6%
John Hicks (Lib) …………… 27,448 …….. 2.0%


 

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