Recanvass in 91st House District shows no change in 14-vote victory for Democratic challenger

11/13/2014 04:47 PM

Democrat Cluster Howard’s 14-vote victory over GOP Rep. Toby Herald in last week’s 91st House District election will stand after a recanvass in Estill, Breathitt, Lee and Owsley counties, secretary of state spokeswoman Lynn Zellen told Pure Politics Thursday.

Zellen said the recanvass showed no change in vote totals for either candidate. Howard, of Jackson, won 6,937 votes to 6,923. Herald, of Beattyville, carried Estill County by 806 votes, Lee by 814 votes, Owsley by 397 and the small section of Madison County by 167 votes, but Howard won Breathitt County by a sizable 2,198-vote margin

Herald was the only Republican incumbent to lose on Election Day, and he filed for a recanvass on Friday. He declined to comment when reached by Pure Politics as he had not yet seen the recanvass results.

Howard did not return a call seeking comment.

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 or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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