FRANKFORT — A recount of all Democratic votes for President in Kentucky was conducted Thursday. The final result is the same, with Hillary Clinton winning by 1,911 votes. On Election Day, Clinton was declared the winner by 1,924 votes. However, the number changed to 1,911 prior to Thursday’s recanvass because precincts in some counties were slow in delivering their returns.
Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders requested the recount, due to the fact that Clinton won by such a narrow margin. Secretary of State Alison Grimes honored Sanders’ request and ordered the recanvass.
“The recanvass vote totals, which were submitted to my office today, will become the official vote totals that the State Board of Elections will certify on May 31,” Grimes said at the conclusion of the recount.
Sanders had the option of requesting a more in depth recanvass, which would be overseen by a judge. However, Sanders announced Thursday that he will not pursue the issue any further.
Unlike several other states, Kentucky’s primary elections are closed, meaning that registered Independents cannot vote. In an open primary, Independents are given the choice of voting either on the Republican or Democratic side. With Bernie Sanders’ popularity among Independents, political analysts point out that, in an election as close as the one between Clinton and Sanders, Kentucky’s status as a closed primary state might have been a key determining factor in Clinton’s victory.
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