Governor-elect Andy Beshear urges unity after recanvass results, Gov. Matt Bevin concedes
Election officials across Kentucky double-checked vote totals that showed Republican Governor Matt Bevin trailing Democrat Andy Beshear by more than 5,000 votes.
County clerks began the recanvass process at 9 a.m. Thursday.
to see the county-by-county results.
At 2:15 p.m., Gov. Bevin told the media that he would not contest the recanvass results, which saw no change. He also wished Beshear well and promised it would be a smooth transition between administrations.
"I'm not going to contest these numbers that have come in. It isn't fair to throw that on our legislature to try to find something that there just isn't. We know of some things but not enough to cause us to think there's going to be meaningful change," Bevin said. "In the meantime we've got a lot of wood yet to chop for the next three, four weeks. A lot of cleanup of things. So thank you very much guys, I appreciate it."
He then thanked his staff for the work they did in the past four years. He did bring up concerns about election security and integrity as an issue for all of America.
"I truly want the best for Andy Beshear as he moves forward," Bevin said. "We're going to have a change in the governorship, based on the vote of the people. And what I want is to see the absolute best for Kentucky."
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes held a news conference after Bevin spoke addressing the results. She said Beshear got 5,136 more votes than Bevin, the totals not changing from what was tallied on Election Day. A write-in candidate did pick up one extra vote.
“I’m grateful to our county boards of elections for their efforts to ensure confidence in the General Election results,” said Grimes.
Secretary of State-elect Michael Adams added, "I want to reassure all Kentuckians that this process is being done by the book."
The State Board of Elections will meet Thursday, November 21 at 10 a.m. to certify the vote totals.
Beshear addressed the results at 3:30 p.m. urging for unity. He is moving full steam ahead, already picking people for his administration team.
"I appreciate Governor Bevin's concession. I know it was done very quickly after the recanvass. We haven't personally talked but I understand that, I think he was looking to make sure that any lingering issues as quickly as he can," Beshear said. "I've also, as a family member, lived through what they may be going through and this is the time for he and his family to spend a lot of time together and I wish him the best."
Beshear's inauguration is December 10.