Incumbent Matt Bevin officially requests recanvass of governor's race

Matt Bevin, Kentucky's Trump-loving governor, loses to Democrat Andy Beshear in closely-watched race

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More than half of Kentucky's 120 counties saw over 40% of all registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's election, including large counties like Jefferson (45%) and Fayette (47%).

With all the votes counted Mr Bevin was on 48.8 per cent of the vote compared to his Democratic rival Andy Beshear, who was on 49.2 per cent.

Bevin called it a "close, close race" and said he wasn't conceding "by any stretch".

A number of elections for state governors took place on Tuesday this week, including the states of Kentucky, Virginia and Mississippi. Voters in suburban swaths of Kentucky and Virginia sided with Democrats, a trend that would complicate Trump's path to reelection if it holds.

"If they lose they're going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world".

The remarks reflected the extent to which Bevin, 52, sought to nationalize the campaign, emphasizing his support for Trump amid a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry of the Republican president in Congress. Former vice-president Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential front-runner, visited Virginia over the weekend to campaign with several statehouse candidates, and Republican Vice-President Mike Pence held a rally on Saturday.

He said that he has no issue with Bevin asking for a re-canvass, that any candidate in a close election has the right to "double check", but that Republicans need to accept the unwelcome result and move on after that.

The US president tweeted that Bevin "picked up at least 15 points in last days, but perhaps not enough (Fake News will blame Trump!)".

"I'm here to officially declare today, November 5, 2019, that Virginia is officially blue", the Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, told a crowd of supporters in Richmond.

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US Democrats have made gains in key state elections, in what is seen as a blow to President Donald Trump. Kentucky is home to just one abortion clinic, Louisville-based EMW Women's Surgical Center, a facility that's spent years in court to stay open. "You can't let that happen to me!", said Trump to the audience.

A year before the presidential election, the results offered warning signs for both parties.

So Tuesday's results may not mean as much for Trump as they appear.

Robert Erikson of Columbia University looked at close gubernatorial elections over 120 years, finding that presidents performed 2% to 3% worse in the states where their party had recently won the governor's office.

The governor expressed great pride and excitement for the state's "extraordinary" achievements in the past four years, -a net increase of almost 93,000 jobs according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

On Tuesday the party finished the job, winning both chambers of the state's legislature and delivering the party unified control of the state government for the first time since 1993.

He'll travel to Monroe, Louisiana, on Wednesday to support Republican Eddie Rispone against incumbent Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards.

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