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Matt Bevin concedes Kentucky governor's election

Daniel Desrochers, Lexington Herald-Leader on

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Matt Bevin conceded the governor's election Thursday, putting an end to more than a week of speculation over whether he would contest the results of last Tuesday's election, which he narrowly lost to Democrat Andy Beshear.

Bevin's announcement came after a statewide recanvass that showed minimal changes in election totals. Beshear won by less than 0.5 percentage points.

"We're going to have a change in the governorship based on the vote of the people," Bevin said in a Capitol news conference.

Bevin stoked speculation that he would contest the election -- his only option for challenging the results aside from a recanvass -- after he cited "irregularities" in the election without providing any evidence to back up his claim.

He wished Beshear well as the next governor. Beshear will take office Dec. 10.


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