Sanders picks up 13 votes in recanvass of Democratic pesidential primary, Clinton still the winner

05/26/2016 03:23 PM

FRANKFORT – Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced on Thursday that a statewide recanvass of votes in the Democratic presidential primary election on May 17 still show Hillary Clinton defeating Bernie Sanders.

Sanders, had requested the recanvass after unofficial results on May 17 had him trailing Clinton by 1,924 votes.

The results of the Thursday’s recanvass show Clinton leading by 1,911 voters.

The 13 vote difference was attributed to provisional votes in two counties as well as a discrepancy in absentee ballots in two additional counties.

“In terms of absentee vote totals, you had differences in Elliott and Boyd, and provisional votes in Fayette and Rowan,” Grimes said.

Grimes feels that the results of the recanvass shows that the Commonwealth of Kentucky has shown that procedures are in place to record everyone’s vote properly.

“I’m very pleased to see that those procedures are performing well and I think it’s a credit to the training that my staff does across the commonwealth, not only with our county clerks, but with our precinct election officers,” Grimes said.

Grimes had received criticism from presumed Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump about calling the primary for Clinton even though it was close. Grimes said the recanvass results show that she was correct in making that decision.

“I think it continues to show that we can count pretty well in the office of the Secretary of State,” Grimes said. “We are honored to do our job for the people of Kentucky and I hope that they are confident in the process, especially the Presidential primary process.”

Grimes has received some criticism from some Sanders supporters saying that the process in unfair because the Secretary of State has not hidden her relationship with the Clinton family, and has routinely attended rallies for Clinton.

Grimes said that as Secretary of State, she has conducted her office in a non-partisan way, but cannot hide the fact that her family and the Clinton’s are close.

“I don’t think it’s any secret to folks across this state and indeed this nation the friendship that I share with someone who has literally seen me grow up from being a teenager,” Grimes said. “But, as I said before, I spent most of this primary election, the majority of my time, actually encouraging Republicans to get out and vote as a result of Rand Paul’s caucus.”

In a statement Sanders said he would not be calling for a recount of the vote after the recanvass.

“We accept the results in Kentucky,” Sanders said. “We are very pleased that we split the delegates in a state with a closed primary in which independents cannot vote and where Secretary Clinton defeated Barack Obama by 35 points in 2008.

“I thank the people of Kentucky very much for their support.”

A recanvass was also conducted in the Republican Primary for the 33rd district State Senate seat in which John Yuen, who requested the recanvass, trailed Shenita Rickman by 38 votes. The recanvass did not change the results of that primary.

Per Kentucky law, the results of the recanvass shall become the official returns of each county. County-by-county results of the recanvasses are available at the Kentucky elections one-stop site,


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