TRI-STATE (WFIE) - In the race for Kentucky Governor, NBC has declared Attorney General Andy Beshear winner.
Bevin came out to say he is not conceding, just before Beshear came out to speak at his party.
“With respect to our race, would it be a Bevin race if it wasn’t a squeaker? Really and truly. This is a close, close race. We are not conceding this race.”
The Associated Press says it’s too close to call.
Bevin Campaign Manager Davis Paine issued the following statement:
“The people of Kentucky deserve a fair and honest election. With reports of irregularities, we are exercising the right to ensure that every lawful vote was counted.”
Beshear’s campaign manager Eric Hyers also released a statement:
“Last night, the people of Kentucky elected Andy Beshear as their next governor. Today, Governor-Elect Beshear is already working on his transition so that he can best serve the people of Kentucky on day one. We hope that Matt Bevin honors the results of the recanvass, which will show he received fewer votes than Andy Beshear. As has been reported, a ‘recanvassing has never changed the result of a Kentucky election.’”
Beshear echoed several messages from his campaign during his party in Louisville.
He says public education will be a central priority for his administration.
He also said that a pension is a promise.
Off the top of his speech he mentioned in his first week of office, he would revisit Bevin’s medicaid waiver.
He also mentioned he would establish a brand new board of education.
"Tonight voters in Kentucky sent a message loud and clear that everyone can hear. Tonight the election is over. Tonight we move forward with every citizen as team Kentucky, to those watching, if I did not earn your vote today, I will try to earn your trust, and I will strive to do the right thing.
NBC is also reporting the only counties in our viewing area that went blue were Henderson and Hancock.
In some of the local races, Mayor Winnecke has been re-elected in Evansville by a large margin.
The winners for Evansville City Council at-Large are Ron Beane (R), Jonathan Weaver (D) and Kaitlin Morley (D).
Tell City’s Republican Mayor has lost by two votes to Democrat Christ Cail (1157 to 1155).
Their District 2 Council seat was won by just three votes.
In the race for Princeton Mayor, Republican Greg Wright has won over Democrat Dan Beard (1074 to 714).