Election Recanvasses Set For Friday

Numerous county clerks across Kentucky tomorrow will be rechecking vote totals from last Tuesday’s election.  Losing candidates in a congressional race, three legislative races and three judicial races want the vote totals re-examined for accuracy.  Les Fugate says the tallies should come in fairly quickly. 

“All we will do is tabulate everything together from each county and then make those results available.  Those results will eventually go to the State Board of Elections to be certified.  That meeting is currently scheduled for the Monday before Thanksgiving,” he said.

In the most closely watched race, Republican Andy Barr wants a recheck of the vote totals in the 6th Congressional District.  Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler declared victory on election night, but the margin of victory was only 649 votes.  More than 239-thousand votes were cast in the district, which covers 16 central Kentucky counties.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.