The Democratic National Committee and Democrat Andy Beshear’s campaign have claimed victory in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race. However, Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin is trying to hold onto his job and is requesting a recanvass.
The results from Tuesday, Nov. 5, show Bevin trailed by around 5,000 votes, and he says there are “significant irregularities.”
Speaking at an afternoon news conference, Bevan said, “We want this process to move forward expeditiously.”
Bevan said thousands of absentee ballots “were illegally counted,” with reports of people being turned away from polling places. Bevan said he will provide other details of the irregularities soon.
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes has announced the re-canvass will be conducted on Nov. 14 at 9 a.m, reports Fox News.
The re-canvass will require each machine to be checked by the county election boards, and the figures reported back to the county clerk. Members from both parties are permitted to be present during the re-canvassing.
In the 2016 elections, President Trump dominated in Kentucky, winning by 30 points. The president was there on Monday to give a boost to the campaign for Bevan; it was looking to be a tight contest between Bevin and Beshear, the state’s attorney general.
Bevin had become unpopular with some supporters, by pushing to cut state pension programs and criticizing public school teachers for striking—including his suggestion that the striking teachers were indirectly responsible for the shooting of a 7-year-old girl who was at home because of school shutdowns.
“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,” Trump campaign spokesman Brad Parscale said in a statement Tuesday night. “A final outcome remains to be seen.”