Mongiardo backs off re-canvass request

05/19/2010 04:42 PM

Dan Mongiardo speaks with the media on primary eve

Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo decided not to ask the state Board of Elections to re-canvass the votes in the Democratic U.S. Senate race that Mongiardo narrowly lost to Jack Conway, the attorney general.

“Many of our supporters have poured their hearts and souls into this campaign and they are heartbroken today,” Mongiardo said in a statement. “However, upon further reflection, I realize that despite their being less than a 1 percent difference in the vote, a re-canvass is extremely unlikely to change the outcome.

“It would only delay the healing process that needs to take place,” the statement said.

The campaign, Wednesday morning, said it wanted a re-canvass because Conway led by more than 3,500 votes out of more than 520,000 cast.

But as Les Fugate, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office pointed out on the Mandy Connell show on WHAS radio in Louisville Wednesday, re-canvassing rarely changes the outcome by more than a dozen or two dozen votes.

- Ryan Alessi


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