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McConnell Wants Matt Bevin to Get Over Election Loss

Matt Bevin should have been a shoe in to retain the governorship in red state Kentucky. He had won his first election over Jack Conway in 2015 by nearly 9%. And in 2016, Donald Trump romped in the state, winning by almost 30%.

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The 2019 election went far worse than Bevin could have expected and he ended up losing to Andy Beshear by less than a point. While Bevin has been slow to concede the race, Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell have been urging him to move on.

Bevin is asking for an investigation into the election. He recently told reporters, “What we know is that there really are a number of significant irregularities. The specifics of which we’re in the process of getting affidavits [about] — and other information that will help us to get a better understanding of what did or did not happen.”

The governor has not provided proof as to what any of these “irregularities” might be.

McConnell was asked about Bevin’s actions yesterday and told reporters that, “he was sorry Matt came up short.”

He continued, “My first election was almost the same number of votes that Beshear won by. We had a re-canvass, added them up, it didn’t change and we all moved on.”

The Senate Majority Leader said that he was focused on the upcoming election. When asked if he was concerned with the 2019 Kentucky results, he answered, “Well, we’ll find out, because the 2020 election is underway already.”

McConnell is expected to face a strong challenge from presumed Democratic candidate Amy McGrath.

 



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