Recanvass confirms Johnson, Cantrell and Nelson winners

11/17/2016 04:24 PM

Three candidates who sought to reverse the outcomes of their elections with a round of recanvassing got more bad news on Thursday as no changes to the vote counts were found.

The vote totals will stand for Rep. Denny Butler, a Louisville Republican who lost his race to Democrat McKenzie Cantrell by 259 votes; Rep. Linda Belcher, a Shepherdsville Democrat who lost the 49th House District to Republican Dan Johnson by 156 votes; and Republican Chad Shannon, who was beaten by Democratic Rep. Rick Nelson in the 87th House District by 420 votes.

All of the recanvasses conducted on Thursday found the vote totals did not change.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and the State Board of Elections will meet on Tuesday to make the results of Kentucky’s general election official, according to a press release.

The Board of Elections will also issue certificates of election to the winners of state and legislative races.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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