Chandler wins by 649 votes, according to official tally

11/05/2010 02:13 PM

The Secretary of State released the official vote totals in the 6th congressional district, where Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler hung on to a 649-vote lead over Republican Andy Barr.

Both Barr and Chandler’s vote totals shrunk slightly from the unofficial results reported on the Secretary of State’s site after Tuesday night’s election.

The official count certified by the county clerks’ offices shows Chandler winning 119,812 to 119,163. Barr won more counties than Chandler. He won 9 of the 16 counties in the district. Click here to view the table with the official tallies as compared to the unofficial results.

Overall, Chandler appears to have survived thanks in part to a huge boost from Franklin County. He won it by more than 4,500 votes. He only won Fayette County — the largest in the district — by 4,385. But he also held down Barr’s margin of victory in two counties that went Republican: Madison and Estill.

Barr has asked for a recanvass of the vote totals, which is scheduled for next Friday. He has until the end of the day Friday to request an official recount.

Chandler is making a statement at 3 p.m.

- Ryan Alessi

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated in the first sentence that the results had been certified by the board of elections. They have been certified by the county clerks.


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