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Sanders requests recanvass of Kentucky primary

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’s campaign is asking Kentucky officials to review the votes from last week’s primary.

{mosads}Results currently show that Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton beat Sanders by half of a percentage point in the Bluegrass State.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Tuesday afternoon that the recanvass will take place on Thursday at 9 a.m. local time. 

The Sanders campaign requested that the Kentucky secretary of state recanvass, rather than hold a recount. The Vermont senator’s campaign wants a review of voting tallies on electronic voting machines and absentee ballots from each of the state’s 120 counties.

“He’s in this until every last vote is counted, and he’s fighting for every last delegate,” campaign spokesman Michael Briggs said.

Grimes is an outspoken Clinton supporter who had declared in 2014 that the state is “Clinton country.” 

She posted a copy of the Sanders request on Twitter.


A recanvassing is unlikely to have a significant effect on the voting totals, though it may influence the allocation of a single delegate. The sole remaining delegate is from the 6th Congressional District, where Clinton leads Sanders by about 500 votes, according to a tally by The Associated Press, which first reported the recanvassing request.

— This report was updated at 1:38 p.m.

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