Democrat Andy Beshear declared victory in Kentucky’s tight governor’s election late Tuesday night. With 100% of precincts reporting, Beshear had a lead of 5,333 votes, a margin of just under 0.4 percentage points.
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While Beshear spoke of his win, Bevin refused to accept the defeat at his own event.
“We are not conceding this race by any stretch, not a chance.” He added “Understand this though, we want the process to be followed and there is a process,” he said. “We know for a fact that there have been more than a few irregularities, they are very well corroborated and that’s alright. What they are exactly, how many, which ones and what effect if any they’ll have, will be determined according to law, that’s well established.”
“The process will be followed and in the end we will have the governor that was chosen by the people of Kentucky. … I haven’t had that many races here but I’ve had some cliffhangers. This is another one. This is another cliffhanger and let’s see what happens.”
Bevin’s options appear open, and could include recanvassing of the vote, requesting a formal recount, or even contesting the result.