40% of Webster County voters turn out
Election night numbers from across the Commonwealth are in, and although Republicans did well at the polls, it was outgoing attorney general Andy Beshear (D) atop the race for Governor at the end of the night, leading incumbent Matt Bevin by just 5,189 votes, or just 0.36% of the vote. There were 1.4 million votes cast in the election.
Although Beshear has claimed victory, Bevin has so far refused to concede the race. The current governor said in a statement that there was a process in place that dictated how to proceed, and he planned to allow that process to work.
Under Kentucky law, the first step is a recanvass of the vote. The would entail a recount of absentee ballots and the voting machine printouts to make sure the numbers transmitted by each county to the State Board of Elections match. A recanvass is allowed by low if any county clerk reports a discrepancy or if it is requested by the candidate.
If the recanvass does not change the numbers or if the candidate is still not satisfied with the results, law allows one week for Bevin to file a request for a recount in Circuit Court.
A judge would then take possession of every voting machine and all paper ballots in the state and a physical count of each cast ballot would be conducted. The judge would then make a determination, which would then have to be ratified by the state supreme court.
While there is no cost for a recanvass, Bevin would be responsible for paying for the recount.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told CNN on Tuesday that her office called the race for Beshear because she did not feel Bevin could make up the difference in votes.
Other, more unusual options would include a formal election contest, which would require evidence of serious issues such as voter fraud or tampering with voting machines, or the use of Section 90 of the Kentucky Constitution, which states that “Contested elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be determined by both Houses of the General Assembly, according to such regulations as may be established by law.”
The Tennessean reported that Kentucky State Senator Robert Stivers made mention of the Section 90 provision, which has not been used in 120 years, in an interview on election night.
It seems unlikely that legislators would be willing to overturn an election without proof of voter fraud or other illicit acts.
How did Webster County vote?
Some 3,900 Webster County voters turned out on Tuesday, accounting for 40 percent of all registered voters in the county.
Of those 3,900, 2,012 951.58 %) chose to vote a straight party ticket. Of those, 1,287 Republicans, 699 Democrats and 26 Libertarians checked off their party’s box.
Although he did not fair well in the statewide election, Governor Matt Bevin defeated Andy Beshear 2,271 to 1,495 in Webster County. Libertarian candidate John Hicks got 90 votes.
Republican Michael Adams defeated Heather French Henry 2,368 to 1,427 for Secretary of State, taking 62 percent of the vote.
In the race for Attorney General, Republican Daniel Cameron defeated former attorney general Greg Stumbo 2,547 to 1,269 to replace Andy Beshear.
Incumbent Auditor Mike Harmon, a Republican, recieved 2,398 votes to defeat Democrat Sheri Donahue (1,249) and Libertarian Kyle Hugenberg (89).
Republican Alison Ball took the State Treasurer’s race, defeating Michael Bowman 2,461 to 1,305.
Incumbent Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles held on to his seat, getting 2,482 in his race to defeat Democrat Robert Conway (1,237) and Libertarian John Gilpin (67).
Christopher Shea Nickell defeated Whitney Westerfield 1,519 to 1,138 for 1st Supreme Court District Justice.
And in the only local race, Anthony Warford received 20 votes for the Clay city council. Warford, who was appointed to the council to fill an opening earlier this year, was running unopposed as a write-in candidate.
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