James Comer concedes GOP primary to Matt Bevin after recanvass holds slim margin

05/29/2015 09:14 AM

After a Thursday recanvass of the razor thin 83-vote margin of victory held for Matt Bevin Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer conceded the race Friday morning, and offered his endorsement.

Comer was in Florida with his family at the time of the recanvass Thursday, and asked Bevin for time to contact his strongest supporters to tell them the news personally.

“Within minutes of receiving the results of the recanvass, I called Matt Bevin to concede and congratulate him on a hard fought victory,” Comer said in a statement. “I asked Matt to afford me the opportunity to personally contact a few of my strongest supporters across the state to again thank them for their support and tell them about my concession.”

In a statement Thursday, Bevin told reporters, that “it is an honor to be the Republican nominee for Governor.”

Comer said he promised Bevin that he would announce his concession prior a press conference Bevin is holding Friday morning at the Republican Party Headquarters with down ballot candidates.

In the statement, Comer said he “grew to appreciate Matt Bevin’s knowledge of the issues, his work ethic, and his morals.”

“Matt ran a clean campaign which focused on the issues important to Kentuckians,” he said.

Following through on his promise to support Bevin in the General Election if the recanvass held, Comer offered an endorsement the Republican nominee.

“Matt Bevin will stand up to the special interest groups that have held our great state back and fight the corrupt elements that still exist in Frankfort,” Comer said. “I enthusiastically endorse Matt Bevin for Governor and pledge to do everything I can to see that he wins in November.”

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who defeated Bevin in the 2014 Senate primary, congratulated and endorsed Bevin on his win in a statement sent Friday morning.

“I congratulate Matt Bevin on his victory and endorse him for governor,” McConnell said.

Bevin is set to face Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway in the Nov. 3 election.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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