Politics Bevin concedes defeat in Kentucky governor's race

21:40  14 november  2019
21:40  14 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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  Sen. Rand Paul brushes aside GOP governor's likely defeat in Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul downplayed the implications of his home state of Kentucky apparently electing a Democratic governor earlier this week, declining to attribute incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin’s loss to his attempts to nationalize the race. © Susan Walsh/AP Photo Sen. Rand Paul (left) and President Donald Trump speak at a Kentucky campaign rally on Nov. 4, ahead of the state elections.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has conceded defeat in last week's nail-biting election after a statewide recanvass of the vote did not show a significant change in the vote count.

Matt Bevin wearing a suit and tie: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin © The Hill Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

Bevin had asked Kentucky's 120 counties to conduct a recanvass in the days after his narrow loss to Attorney General Andy Beshear (D). Beshear beat Bevin by just 5,189 votes, or about four-tenths of a percentage point, though Bevin brought up unsubstantiated allegations of voting irregularities.

But he acknowledged at a press conference Thursday that the recanvass would not make a significant difference in the vote count. He said he would not ask the Republican-controlled legislature to overturn the results.

"We're going to have a change in the governorship based on the vote of the people," Bevin said. "I'm not going to contest these numbers that come in. It isn't fair to throw that on our legislature."

For the GOP, the suburbs are the new Florida (Opinion) .
Alice Stewart writes that Tuesday's elections proved to be a good night for Democrats, a bad night for an unpopular governor, and a teachable moment for President Trump and the Republican Party. Key races in Kentucky, Mississippi, and Virginia tested the political landscape one year out from the 2020 presidential election. Yet, before anyone labels this as a referendum on President Trump, remember, he was not on the ballot, and Democrats were on a mission to make inroads in suburbia. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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