Incumbent Matt Bevin did not concede, but Andy Beshear declared victory by more than 5,000 votes.
INDEPENDENCE, Ky. – While incumbent Matt Bevin did not concede the Kentucky governor’s race, Democrat Andy Beshear declared victory after having a lead of 5,333 votes and reporting 100% of the counties.
Bevin and Beshear split by less than 0.4%, with libertarian candidate John Hicks gaining around 2% of the vote. The Libertarian Party of Kentucky posted the results on Facebook and said the party was “happy to split the vote to create delicious tears”.
“We split the vote. And we couldn’t be more enthusiastic,” said the party. “If our friends in the big parties don’t want this to happen again, they should think about passing the rankings.”
The party said it would not have elected a candidate if Bevin had not dropped Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton over his counterpart Ralph Alvarado and supported important issues like criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization and expanded gambling.
“To the Bevin followers, your tears are delicious,” they said.
Bevin has not said anything since the night of the election while Andy Beshear said he would make a transition announcement at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Kentucky doesn’t have a mandatory recount law, so Bevin would need to get court approval to do a recount. However, he may ask the districts to review their results. If re-checked, the districts would need to review the vote count and make sure the results were added correctly.
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