Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin conceded the gubernatorial race to Democrat Andy Beshear on Thursday amid a recanvass of vote totals.
Beshear declared victory last week over Bevin after election results showed the governor closely trailing him.
Update 2:25 p.m. EST Nov. 14: Bevin announced Thursday that he wouldn't contest the results of the election as recanvass totals appeared to affirm the results of last week's election, according to the Courier Journal.
He wished Beshear luck during a news conference Thursday, according to Kentucky Public Radio.
Kentucky Gov Matt Bevin has conceded.— Ryland Barton (@RylandKY) November 14, 2019
"I truly wish the attorney general well," he says of Gov.-elect Andy Beshear pic.twitter.com/m0v4pBrTkT
Beshear, who is the state attorney general and the son of former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, will be sworn in next month, Politico reported.
Update 3:45 p.m. EST Nov. 6: Bevin formally requested a recanvass of the vote Wednesday afternoon, according to Kentucky's Secretary of State Alison L. Grimes.
A recanvass is not a recount, but rather a check of the vote count to ensure the results were added up correctly. Bevin could also seek a recount in court.
Grimes said the recanvass was scheduled to take place Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.
Original report: "Tonight, voters in Kentucky sent a message loud and clear for everyone to hear," Beshear, currently Kentucky's attorney general, said in a victory speech late Tuesday. "It's a message that says our elections don't have to be about right versus left; they are still about right versus wrong."
Beshear, whose father, Steve Beshear, served as governor from 2007 to 2015, added that he hoped Bevin "will honor the election that was held tonight," the AP reported.
But Bevin was not ready to give in.
"Would it be a Bevin race if it wasn't a squeaker? I mean, come on," he said. "I mean, really and truly, this is a close, close race. We are not conceding this race by any stretch."
He added that "we truly don't know" who the next governor will be.
"Whoever it is will be the one determined by the process being followed, by the law being followed, by the process being truly sound," Bevin said, claiming that there may have been unspecified "irregularities."
Democrats hailed the results as a win against President Donald Trump, who supported Bevin and appeared with him at a rally in Kentucky on Monday.
Congratulations to Kentucky Democratic Governor-elect Beshear!— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 6, 2019
Reminds me of a recent tweet by @realDonaldTrump: The Angry Majority.
And in one year, Senator McConnell is up for re-election against @AmyMcGrathKY. #TuesdayMotivation https://t.co/bgkHTEhc3w
Meanwhile, Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager, released a statement saying the president "just about dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line."
#ElectionNight Won 5 out of 6 elections in Kentucky, including 5 great candidates that I spoke for and introduced last night. @MattBevin picked up at least 15 points in last days, but perhaps not enough (Fake News will blame Trump!). Winning in Mississippi Governor race!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2019
A lot of winning in Kentucky. Check out the numbers. https://t.co/xcXIzIwylg— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2019
Our big Kentucky Rally on Monday night had a massive impact on all of the races. The increase in Governors race was at least 15 points, and maybe 20! Will be in Louisiana for @EddieRispone on Wednesday night. Big Rally!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2019
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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