James Comer seeks recanvass in razor-thin GOP gubernatorial primary

05/20/2015 04:27 PM

Republican gubernatorial hopeful James Comer, who fell 83 votes shy of unofficial nominee Matt Bevin Tuesday, has formally requested a recanvass, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ office announced Wednesday.

Comer and his running mate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, signed the request for “a full and complete check and recanvass of every one of the voting machines and absentee ballots from all 120 counties,” according to a news release from Grimes’ office.

Bevin barely edged Comer after a furious comeback in western Kentucky saw the first-term agriculture commissioner grab and lose a slim lead as ballots from Central Standard Time were tallied.

County boards of elections across the state will check and recanvass voting machines starting 9 a.m. May 28 and report the results back to the secretary of state, according to Grimes’ office.

“My office is notifying all county boards of elections that a recanvass has been requested and reminding them of the procedures to be followed,” Grimes said in a statement. “As always, we will assist the county boards of elections in any way we can.”

Bevin, a Louisville investment manager, won the race by five one hundredths of a percent, 32.91 percent of the vote to Comer’s 32.87 percent. Bevin earned 70,479 votes while Comer ended the night with 70,396.

Former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner finished third with 27.05 percent of the vote and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott came in last with 7.17 percent.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.

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