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Sec. of State Grimes says she's ready to conduct review of GOP governor's race

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a photo finish in the Republican race for governor of Kentucky.

Matt Bevin finished just 83 votes ahead of James Comer.

While, there's been no official word yet, Comer said Tuesday night he wants election officials to re-check the numbers.

“I owe it to my supporters. We're going to do a recanvass,” Comer told reporters.

The Comer campaign has until next Tuesday to come to the election office at the Capitol and request that recanvass.

Once that is triggered, Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says, on May 28, election officials in each county will re-check their voting machine numbers against their election night totals.

“We have seen shifts when recanvasses have been conducted, minor shifts. But when it comes down to 83 votes as we have here, it's to be expected. At the end of the day, we want to ensure the integrity of the process,” said Grimes.

Grimes says the winners of all races will be certified on June 8.

She says the only votes not counted at all, so far, are a dozen military absentee ballots held up by a vendor but ordered by a judge to be counted.

“If you're looking at in terms of affiliation, it is evenly split, six Democrat and six Republican voters,” she said.

Bevin meanwhile is moving forward as the unofficial winner, even talking of burying the hatchet with Sen. Mitch McConnell who beat Bevin in a nasty primary last year.

“I look forward to any support, and encouragement, and advice that's he's able to give, because you talk about a guy who knows a thing or two about winning in the state of Kentucky,” Bevin told WDRB Tuesday night.

McConnell's spokesman says when the vote is official, the Majority Leader will endorse the winner.

Ironically, it's the Democrat McConnell defeated in the general election that will play a key role in determining that winner.

“When you take on the job of Secretary of State, you might first initially run in a partisan manner, but when you step into this office, you take that hat off,” said Grimes.

As for reports that some handicap accessible voting machines in Jefferson County were not counted, Grimes says that's not so. She says those machines were found to be empty.

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