FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Matt Bevin conceded the gubernatorial election.
He announced he conceded in a news conference on Thursday, November 14 at the Kentucky State Capitol.
This was after a statewide recanvass of the Nov. 5 votes showed him in second place behind Democrat Andy Beshear, and didn’t show enough change to support another challenge.
The vote was close. It showed Beshear beat out Bevin by roughly 5,000 votes.
Bevin said he will not contest the results. He said he has confidence in his state’s voting system, and he wants everyone to do the same in the future.
“The final thing I’ll say too is that I truly want the best for Andy Beshear as he moves forward,” Bevin said. “I genuinely want him to be successful. I want this state to be successful. I want this state to rise, continuing on the trajectory that it is. Above and beyond every stereotype, beyond every, perhaps, shortcoming that we’ve had in the past or low expectation that we’ve historically had.”
Governor-elect Andy Beshear spoke later, around 2:30 p.m.
Beshear declared victory on election night, and his team was already preparing for him to take over the office in December.