Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said he is not conceding in the tight Kentucky governor’s race, despite Democrat Andy Beshear claiming victory Tuesday night.

With 100% of the precincts counted, Beshear received 709,673 votes while Bevin received 704,523.

Beshear, who was elected the state’s attorney general in 2015 and is the son of a former Kentucky governor, told supporters that his victory means “that our values, and how we treat each other is still more important than our party. That what unites us as Kentuckians is still stronger than any national divisions.”

At the election party for the other side, Bevin told his supporters, “I mean, come on. I mean, really and truly, this is a close, close race. We are not conceding this race by any stretch.”


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Bevin has decided not to concede until a recount.


For an official recount, Bevin would need to file a request with the Franklin County Circuit Court by November 13. A Kentucky judge would then be appointed to recount the ballots and decide who won.

Although President Donald Trump won Kentucky by 30 points in 2016, Bevin won by only 10. He was less favored than Trump to begin with, so the results of the election should not necessarily be used to predict Trump’s 2020 results, said CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

“He’s no Trump in his own state,” Cuomo said during election night coverage.

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