Group of voters worry about rumored irregularities in Kentucky governor's race

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - A week after Election Day, Kentucky is preparing to recanvass the governor's race.

Incumbent Governor Matt Bevin ran a close race against Democrat Andy Beshear but is trailing by about 5,000 votes ahead of the recanvass on Thursday at 9 a.m. Bevin cited voting irregularities in the governor's race but has not provided evidence.

Sister station WKYT talked to concerned voters who held a news conference in Lexington on Monday.

"We've heard complaints. We've heard about record turnout, yet I haven't talked to a single person in Fayette County who waited in line anywhere to vote, despite record turnout," said Erika Calihan. "Things just don't add up. As voters, we want to know what is going on. As voters, we want to know, is anyone looking into this?"

The group said they were going to talk about evidence of voter fraud and/or irregularities but when the conference took place they said they could not.

The Attorney General's office fielded 137 calls to its election fraud hotline this year, but nothing out of the ordinary. The staff said they could not give specifics on pending investigations.

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is "sorry Matt came up short." He said the recanvass is unlikely to change the results of the Nov. 5 election and "barring a dramatic reversal on the re-canvass, we'll have a new governor in three weeks."

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