Republican Rep. Toby Herald seeks recanvass in 14-vote loss

11/07/2014 04:56 PM

Republican Rep. Toby Herald of Beattyville filed a recanvass request with the secretary of state’s office Friday, hoping to uncover enough votes to overcome his 14-vote loss Tuesday.

Herald sought recanvasses in Estill, Breathitt, Lee and Owsley counties, according to secretary of state spokeswoman Lynn Zellen. The counties’ boards of elections will recheck and recanvass each voting machine 9 a.m. Thursday and report back to their county clerks, Zellen said in an email.

Herald carried Estill County by 806 votes, Lee by 814 votes, Owsley by 397 and the small section of Madison County by 167 votes, but Democrat Cluster Howard won Breathitt County by a sizable 2,198-vote margin en route to the razor-thin, 14-vote victory.

The only GOP incumbent to lose his reelection campaign Tuesday has not conceded the race, and Herald said he filed for a recanvass at the behest of his constituents.

“A lot of my constituents, especially in Breathitt County, has called and requested I do that,” Herald said in a phone interview with Pure Politics. “… Where I lost so large in Breathitt, a lot of voters up there has called me to say that I need to have that done, that they felt that there could be something wrong up there.”

Howard, of Jackson, said he took no issue with his opponent seeking a recanvass, but he’s confident the final tally will stand.

“I don’t have a problem with it,” Howard said in a phone interview. “I’m sure the results will be the same, but I’ve got full confidence in the people who counted votes in the clerks’ offices.”

Howard’s victory in the 91st House District, as it stands, gives Democrats a 54-46 majority in the state House.

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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