FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Latest on the recanvas of Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary votes (all times local):
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Thursday on the primary election results in Kentucky:
“We accept the results in Kentucky. We are very pleased that we split the delegates in a state with a closed primary in which independents cannot vote and where Secretary Clinton defeated Barack Obama by 35 points in 2008.
“I thank the people of Kentucky very much for their support.”
A review of election results has not changed the outcome of Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary.
Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by just under 2,000 votes, or less than one half of 1 percent of all votes cast. Both candidates earned 27 delegates in the May 17 primary. But one delegate in the 6th Congressional District has not been awarded yet. Clinton leads Sanders by about 500 votes in that district.
Sanders could ask a judge to order a recount, but he would have to pay for it himself. The deadline to ask for a recount is Friday.
Clinton leads Sanders by a margin of 271 pledged delegates. But Sanders has vowed to stay in the race.
State election officials will re-examine vote totals from the Democratic presidential primary at the request of Bernie Sanders’ campaign.
At stake is one delegate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders and Hillary Clinton both picked up 27 delegates after the May 17 Kentucky primary. But one delegate is yet to be awarded from the 6th Congressional District.
Sanders trails Clinton by 500 votes in that district. State officials review absentee votes and totals from electronic voting machines on Thursday. If the recanvas shows Sanders earned more votes than Clinton in the district, he could win that delegate who would otherwise go to Clinton.
The recanvass begins at 9 a.m. EDT, with results expected by mid-afternoon. Overall, Sanders trails Clinton by 271 pledged delegates.
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