Unofficial returns from the Nov. 7 election show Democrat Andy Beshear beating incumbent Republican Matt Bevin by 5,189 votes for the office of governor, according to the Kentucky State Board of Elections website.
Beshear declared victory and the secretary of state agreed. Bevin has yet to concede and has asked for a recanvass, explaining his decision in a video at kentucky.com. In his speech, he states that some people were turned away from the polls and brings up some of the controversy around the secretary of state and the board of elections.
Several Eastern Kentucky University students said that they voted for Beshear because of the issue of education.
Josh Castle, a junior wildlife management from Paintsville, voted for Beshear despite being a registered Republican.
“I have a lot of state workers and teachers in my family,” Castle said. “The pension changes and cuts by Bevin made me not want to vote for him.”
Castle also said that while his vote was “for Beshear, it was also against Bevin” and that he was “hopeful” that Beshear can improve education.
Emily Mcglone, a junior globalization and international affairs major from Ashland “leans democrat,” said, “I have many teachers in my family and the way that Bevin has treated teachers strongly influenced my decision not to vote for him.”
Of those who voted for Bevin, the economy was an important issue.
Caleb Hulker, a freshman engineering management major from Shelbyville said, “[He] wanted Bevin to win because he has really improved manufacturing”.
Gage Greer, a freshman business management major from London who voted Republican said, “Bevin’s effect on the economy had been good.”
Despite voting against Beshear, Greer said, “If Beshear can do what he says he will with education, props to him, I just don’t think he will.”
Despite the republican Bevin losing the governor’s race, every other statewide race was won by the Republican candidate.
In the race to replace term-limited Alison Lundergan Grimes as secretary of state, Michael Adams defeated Heather French Henry by about 4.5 percent of the vote. In the election for attorney general, Daniel Cameron beat former Kentucky Speaker of the House, Greg Stumbo, with 57.75 percent of the vote.
This makes Cameron the first African-American attorney general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The republican incumbent Mike Harmon won reelection as auditor of public accounts, and Allison Ball won reelection as treasurer. Ryan Quarles also won reelection as commissioner of agriculture.
The gubernatorial recanvass will occur on Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.