Recanvass for two Republican primary races set for Thursday

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky election officials are preparing to review the results of the state’s Republican primary for governor and agriculture commissioner on Thursday.

Former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin leads state agriculture commissioner James Comer by 83-votes in unofficial results in the GOP race for governor.  In the agriculture commissioner GOP primary race, Ryan Quarles leads Richard Heath by more than 1,400 votes.  Neither Comer nor Heath would concede and requested a recanvass.

A recanvass is different from a recount in that it reviews the vote totals from electronic voting machines.  Comer and Heath could ask for a recount, or an examination of individual ballots, but the two would have to pay for it themselves, which can be very expensive. 

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University of Kentucky law professor Josh Douglas says usually, most recanvasses only change the vote differential by one or two votes.  "I think 83 is a fairly high number to see a change in a recanvass, but I think if we do see the totals getting slimmer, if James Comer picks up some votes, that could make it more likely that he will request a formal recount," says Douglas.  If either candidate wants a recount, the formal request would have to be made by this Friday, May 29, 2015.