Three seek recanvasses in state House races

11/15/2016 06:06 PM

Three legislative races decided by less than 450 votes each will be recanvassed, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Tuesday.

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 requested recanvasses.

Vote totals in each district will be checked starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Grimes’ office said in a news release. The deadline to request a recanvass expired at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

“We have notified all the county boards of elections which will be conducting the recanvasses, and we are reminding them of the laws and procedures to be followed,” Grimes said in a statement. “As always, we will be of assistance to the county boards of elections in any way we can during this process.”

Republicans gained 17 seats in last week’s elections to assume control of the state House of Representatives for the first time in 95 years, winning a 64-seat supermajority in the process.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.

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