State Board of Elections certifies May 19 primary results

Matt Bevin

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s Republican primary for governor is now officially one of the closest statewide elections in state history.

The State Board of Elections certified the results of the May 19 primary on Monday. Matt Bevin won the Republican nomination for governor by just 83 votes over state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said nearly 400,000 people voted in the primary, or about 12.6 percent of registered voters.

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The Republican primary for governor was so close it took more than a week to decide it. Comer did not concede and asked for a statewide recanvassing. But the review of voting machines and absentee ballots did not give Comer additional votes, and he conceded the next day.

Grimes called it a "truly historical" election.