Latest On The Ongoing Saga Of Kentucky Governor Race

Frankfort, KY — The Kentucky Senate’s top leader says Republican Gov. Matt Bevin should concede to Democrat Andy Beshear if a recanvass doesn’t significantly alter the vote count from Tuesday. Senate President Robert Stivers said that Bevin’s request for a recanvass of election results is appropriate. But without a significant change, the Republican lawmaker said it would be appropriate for Bevin to conclude “the election is over.” With 100% of precincts reporting, Beshear led by a little over 5,000 votes out of more than 1.4 million counted. The recanvass is set for Nov. 14 to verify the vote count. Meanwhile, preparing to assume the Kentucky governor’s post, Democrat Andy Beshear faces the new challenge of dealing with a Republican-dominated legislature determined to set its own agenda. Beshear has pivoted from the election toward preparing to govern ahead of the Dec. 10 inauguration. Beshear has started reaching out to GOP lawmakers whose help he’d need to pass many of his proposals. His ambitious plans on education, health care and expanded gambling will run into a solidly conservative legislature. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer said lawmakers will take the lead on a variety of issues. He said one example is a bill to make sanctuary cities illegal in Kentucky.