Recanvassing the GOP primary for governor what happens now?

05/19/2015 11:49 PM

With 83 unofficial votes separating Matt Bevin and James Comer from the Republican nomination for governor the Primary Election will come down to a careful review of the ballots.

As Agriculture Commissioner Comer unofficially falls less than 100 votes shy of Bevin he has signaled that he would call for a recanvass of the votes.

“We overcame a lot and I owe it to our supporters to ask for a recanvass,” Comer told a crowd of supporters in Frankfort Tuesday night.

A recanvass from Comer places Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official, essentially in the role of decider of the Republican primary.

“I stand ready, along with the State Board of Elections, to facilitate any request by a candidate for a recanvass or recount,” Grimes said in a statement.

Grimes’ office said that officially candidates “may request a recanvass by submitting a written request to the Secretary of State’s office no later than 4:00 on May 26, and the recanvass will be conducted by the county board(s) of elections at 9:00 a.m. on May 28,” according to a press release.

Former Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson explained the official process of a recanvass to Pure Politics in a live telephone interview on Tuesday.

The Secretary of State’s office said unofficial vote totals place statewide turnout at 12.6 percent.

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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