Kentucky governor race too close to call; Congressman Guthrie releases statement

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WBKO) -- November 6, 2019 - Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) released the following statement following Tuesday evening's elections:

“Congratulations to the slate of constitutional officers elected last evening in Kentucky. It was a historic night for a group of diverse, young public servants, and I look forward to working with all of them to make sure our government operates in a manner that best serves all citizens of Kentucky.”

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The Latest on the Kentucky governor's race (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is not conceding his close race against Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear in Kentucky.

Bevin told his supporters Tuesday night that the process needs to be followed in such a close race - an apparent reference to the process of checking to ensure ballots were reported and added correctly.

The governor said: "Would it be a Bevin race if it wasn't a squeaker?" He won the Republican primary for governor by a few dozen votes four years ago.

For his part, Beshear declared victory and told his supporters that he hoped Bevin will honor the election results.

Beshear thanked his family and also acknowledged teachers. During the campaign, Beshear exploited Bevin's feud with teachers over pensions and education issues, an issue that resonated with voters.

Beshear said, "To our educators, this is your victory."

Brad Parscale, President Trump's 2020 campaign manager, released the following statement Tuesday night:

“President Trump’s rally helped five of six Kentucky Republicans win clear statewide victories, including Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron, who will be the first black A.G. in Kentucky history and the first Republican to hold the office since 1948. The President just about dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line, helping him run stronger than expected in what turned into a very close race at the end. A final outcome remains to be seen.”

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10:10 p.m.

The race for governor in Kentucky between incumbent GOP Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear is too close to call.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Beshear has a lead of 4,658 votes out of more than 1.4 million counted, or a margin of 0.3 percentage points.

There is no mandatory recount law in Kentucky. Bevin may request counties recanvass their results, which is not a recount, but rather a check of the vote count to ensure the results were added correctly.

Bevin would need to seek and win a court's approval for a recount, the process for which would be dictated by the court.