One of Kentucky’s most influential state executives refused to admit he lost the general election on Nov. 5.
Gov. Matt Bevin (R-Ky.) is not giving up his bid for another four year term in governing the Bluegrass State, saying it is a “close, close race.”
“I have had some cliffhangers, it is another one, another cliffhanger [election] and let’s see what happens,” Bevin said from his Louisville campaign headquarters on a Facebook video uploaded by Fox News. “In all seriousness, we will see in the end what comes of the final tally … we are not conceding this race by any stretch, not a chance.”
The incumbent recalled four years earlier he was also in a “cliffhanger” race to become the 62nd governor and defied early media speculation that Andy Beshear’s (D) narrow lead was enough to declare him the winner as an election is not completely decided until all votes are counted.
“The law was followed in that instance and it turns out that it ended up being [decided by] four, ten thousandths of a percent–I think 83 votes,” Bevin said. “The bottom line is I want the process to be followed, it will be followed and, in the end, we will have the governor that was chosen by the people of Kentucky and that’s the way the process should work.”
The governor expressed great pride and excitement for the state’s “extraordinary” achievements in the past four years,—a net increase of nearly 93,000 jobs according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“We now have the lowest unemployment ever, most people working ever, best workforce participation ever, best exports we have ever had, [the] most private capital being invested here [and] highest revenue the state has ever had,” Bevin said. “Compare that to the previous eight years when we had a net loss of 12,000 jobs, so the point being the trajectory is changing, it is moving in a good direction.”
Regardless of the outcome of the election, the incumbent hopes the governor will continue this positive “trajectory” and give his blessing.
“I will be the first one in line wishing well to my opponent if he ends up as our governor because, guess what, we live here too and it affects us, our lives, and our livelihood,” Bevin said. “I would hope [every] person in this room here wants Kentucky to be the greatest version of itself possible, I really hope so.”
He also promised this would not be the last time voters hear from him even though not all incumbents who stood for re-election will return to their seats.
Bevin thanked his wife, children, and campaign team for their perseverance throughout the election campaign and his time in office.
“Hats off to all the wives and husbands of every single person who is a candidate, it is not easy, it is a grind and I love you, thank you truly I am grateful,” he said. “I also want to say thank you to my children because it is not easy for a child either. Thank you to my kids for putting up, you guys are awesome.”
Donald Trump’s 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale noted the president’s recent visit to Kentucky provided a strong boost to Bevin’s supporter base.
“The president just about dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line, helping him run stronger than expected in what turned into a very close race at the end,” Parscale said according to The Associated Press.