As Bevin Refuses to Concede, Critics Warn Kentucky GOP ‘Totally Gearing Up to Steal’ Gubernatorial Election

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Kentucky’s Senate President Robert Stivers suggested Tuesday night that the close race between Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear could ultimately be decided by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature, sparking warnings that the GOP could attempt to “steal” the election.

“There’s less than one-half of 1 percent, as I understand, separating the governor and [Beshear],” Stivers, a Republican, told reporters after Beshear declared victory. “We will follow the letter of the law and what various processes determine.”

Stivers pointed to Section 90 of the Kentucky state Constitution, which says: “Contested elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be determined by both Houses of the General Assembly, according to such regulations as may be established by law.”

According to the New York Times, Beshear is leading Bevin by more than 5,000 votes with 100 percent of the precincts reporting. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, called the race for Beshear Tuesday night.

Stivers’ comments were met with alarm on Twitter. The Intercept‘s Ryan Grim warned that Republicans are “totally gearing up to steal the KY governor’s election.”

David Roberts of Vox echoed Grim, writing: “Pay attention. They’re going to try to steal the Kentucky election right out in the open, in front of everyone.”

Bevin, a fervent backer of President Donald Trump, told his supporters Tuesday night that he has no plans to concede the election. The Republican governor claimed without evidence that there were “more than a few irregularities” in the race.

Bevin’s campaign officially requested a recanvass of vote totals Wednesday afternoon.

The local Courier Journal reported that Bevin has 30 days under state law to “formally contest the outcome once it is certified by the State Board of Elections.”

“The last contested governor’s race was the 1899 election of Democrat William Goebel,” the Journal noted.

Beshear’s apparent win over Bevin was widely viewed as a humiliating defeat for Trump, who campaigned in Lexington on Monday and pleaded with his supporters to turn out for Bevin.

“If you lose, they are going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world,” the president said. “You can’t let that happen to me!”

At a press conference Wednesday, Beshear said he is confident his victory will be upheld.

“Whatever process that the governor chooses to go down, it’s not going to change this overall number of votes,” Beshear said at a press conference. “We are going to take the steps to move forward to make sure that we are ready… on the day that we’re inaugurated.”

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

Does this tactic surprise anyone? It’s just another ploy to try to cheat. Even though the people have spoken and the votes been counted the republitards will do anything to hold on to power. This is just a warm up for the election next year. When der gropenfurer is voted out he do anything to stay in power. But before he will try to set the stage for a rigged, voter fraud, any excuse to start some controversy to remain in power

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Republican got t taste of power and doesn’t want relinquish it. Something similar could happen with Donnie.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

..Remember Trump’s cohorts, look upon lies, as a (normal way), of doing business!
Never tell the truth when you can lie .
Advice from his foster father, ROY BOY COHN !
..He’s so fond of the name “ROY” , he’s going
to back the Alabama , (MOLESTER ROY) , to beat Session !

The Raven
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The Raven

Lie, cheat, & steal is the ONLY way a Republican “wins”.

Inzane
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Inzane

Blame someone else
Lie
Cheat

The Republican code of ethics.

Joseph
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Joseph

GOP at work here. Same old tactics

David Bishop
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David Bishop

They’ve got the courts stacked and these tactics won notably in 2000 and 2016. Who can stop them now?

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

..Their reckless abandon ,of normal ethical behavior , is missing in this administration!
They, still think -they can get away with anything
they want to do .
..But as usual -like – (they’ve gone to far out on
the limb ), with a “hot chainsaw”, sawing
behind them as they go ?
..While John McCain spoke of shoes (👞)
, now , we may be
“speaking of limbs” ,(🏝🤾🏿) !