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Recanvass Shows Hillary Clinton Still Winner In Kentucky Primary

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The outcome of last Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in Kentucky is unchanged after a recanvass of votes in the state. Hillary Clinton is still the narrow winner. According to the Associated Press, Bernie Sanders says he accepts the loss and will not contest the results.

The recanvass was requested by Bernie Sanders, who lost the race by fewer than 2000 votes. 

A recanvass is essentially a retabulation of voting machine totals in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Historically, the process hasn’t yielded enough votes to change the outcome of elections in Kentucky. 

According to a release from the Kentucky Democratic Party earlier this week, Clinton won 28 delegates and Sanders won 27 from the May 18th primary election. 

Initial results from election night showed Clinton with a 1,924 vote lead over Sanders. On Thursday, counties showed Clinton with 13 fewer votes. Secretary of State Alison Grimes says the difference was due to a discrepancy in absentee ballot totals in two counties. 

Recanvass results here.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
Ryland Barton is the Managing Editor for Collaboratives for Kentucky Public Radio, a group of public radio stations including WKMS, WFPL in Louisville, WEKU in Richmond and WKYU in Bowling Green. A native of Lexington, Ryland most recently served as the Capitol Reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. He has covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin.
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