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Kentucky Governors Election

Tuesday’s race for Governor still remains undecided in Kentucky, as Governor Matt Bevin requested a formal recount. Gov. Bevin, the Republican incumbent, fell short to his challenger, Democratic Attorney General, Andy Beshear by fewer than 5,000 votes, or 0.4 points.
 
Incumbent Gov. Bevin deems unspecified “irregularities” in voting may be the cause of the narrow difference in votes. Libertarian candidate John Hicks received nearly 28,000 votes, or two percent of the final vote count, which may have retracted from both candidates and contributed to the close lead by Beshear.
 
Bevin’s campaign manager, David Paine, noted that “the people of Kentucky deserve a fair and honest election. With reports of irregularities, we are exercising the right to ensure that every lawful vote was counted” (WKRC).
 
Bevin, who has been the Governor of Kentucky since 2015, campaigned on a platform to reduce poverty, invest in new businesses, and develop policies to improve jobs in Kentucky and statewide education reform. Incumbent Gov. Bevin was supported by President Trump at a rally earlier this week.
 
Beshear claimed victory on Tuesday night and has gradually begun the transition process, but the official results have yet to be determined. The re-canvassing is expected to be completed next week as the two candidates remain in a standstill.
 
In Mississippi, Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves was victorious after battling against Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood. Reeves’ narrow victory against his Democratic opponent reflects the increasingly close races that occurred in 2018 and will undoubtedly remain in the November 2020 election.
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