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 reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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