Gov. Bevin discussed election results, recanvassing request in news conference on Wednesday

Gov. Bevin discussed election results, recanvassing request in news conference on Wednesday
Governor Matt Bevin held a news conference on Wednesday after announcing he had formally requested a recanvass of the election results. (Source: CBS)

WASHINGTON (KFVS/AP) - Governor Matt Bevin held a news conference at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6.

It will be a the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort, Ky.

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Posted by KFVS-TV on Wednesday, November 6, 2019

On Wednesday, Matt Bevin officially requested a recanvass of the governor’s race results.

According to Alison Grimes, secretary of state, the recanvass will be conducted on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.

Bevin’s campaign released the following statement on Wednesday:

“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.”
Davis Paine, Bevin campaign manager

Andy Beshear’s campaign manager also released a statement on Wednesday.

“Last night, 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. 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.’”
Eric Hayes, Beshear campaign manager

Hayes sources an article from WCPO in Ohio for the statement about recanvassing never changing the results.

According to the Associated Press, the race for governor in Kentucky between incumbent GOP Gov. Matt Bevin and Democrat Andy Beshear was too close to call.

Despite that, Andy Beshear declared a victory on Tuesday night and Matt Bevin announced he would not concede.

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.

There is no mandatory recount law in Kentucky. The AP said on Tuesday that 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.

Copyright 2019 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press also contributed to this story.