Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders has called for, and received, a recanvass of all the votes cast for President in the May 17 Kentucky primary election. According to Perry County Clerk Haven King, the votes will be counted again on May 26 at 9:00 a.m. This recanvass is only for the votes cast in the Democratic race for President. No votes from any of Kentucky’s other races will be included.
The race for President on the Democratic ticket turned out to be one of the most heated throughout this entire election season. In Perry County, Bernie Sanders won easily with nearly 60 percent of the vote in comparison to Hillary Clinton’s 30 percent. The story was different statewide. Clinton was declared the winner of Kentucky with 46.76 percent of the vote, barely edging out Sanders, who earned 46.33 percent. Clinton finished with 212,550 votes. Sanders received 210,626. Throughout the entire state only 1,924 separated first place from second place. If Bernie Sanders could have attracted 17 more votes in each county, he would have been Tuesday’s winner in Kentucky.
The Hazard Herald will have the results of the recanvass when they become available.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.