Legg Concedes Following Recanvass

Bill Johnson of Elkton has again prevailed in the Republican primary for Kentucky Secretary of State.  On election night, Johnson defeated Hilda Legg of Somerset by just over 1,100 votes, but Legg sought a recheck of voting machine tallies.  The recanvass shows Johnson picking up five votes, and Legg gaining 11.

“It was simply just the prudent thing to do.  And I appreciate Mr. Johnson’s patience through this process,” says Legg. “I very much appreciate every county clerk and the wonderful people here at the secretary of state’s office.”

Bill Johnson now goes on to face Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes of Lexington in November.  Grimes defeated Secretary of State Elaine Walker, who was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear.  That occurred in January, after Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson resigned to accept a position at Harvard University.

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.