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Recanvass confirms election of controversial KY House candidate

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Photo from Dan Johnson's Facebook page. Photo from Dan Johnson's Facebook page.
Bullitt Co. Clerk Kevin Mooney checks vote totals Bullitt Co. Clerk Kevin Mooney checks vote totals

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The margin was razor-thin, but a recanvass has confirmed the election of a controversial Kentucky House candidate in Bullitt County’s 49th istrict.

Republican Dan Johnson defeated incumbent Democrat Linda Belcher.

Johnson and Belcher looked on as Bullitt Co. Clerk Kevin Mooney rechecked the totals from the voting machines.

When he was done, there was no change. Out of more than 18,000 votes cast in the race, Johnson won by only 166.

“It was close enough, had it been the other way around, I would have wanted to have it checked again. No hard feelings at all,” Johnson told WDRB News.

Johnson's victory came even after WDRB revealed his Facebook posts depicting the President and First Lady as monkeys.

The posts have since been deleted, and Johnson says he's ready to move on.

“You know, you did a good job. I understand why there was an issue, and learned a lot through this. I'm just looking forward to serving Kentucky and the 49th District, and doing all the things we can do to make this county better,” said Johnson.

Belcher initially said she would not challenge Johnson's victory, but changed her mind.

“Because I had so many people who contacted me and said, ‘We're not happy with what happened, you've got to have a recount.’ So, I said OK,” explained Belcher.

Belcher and Johnson agree his victory was propelled by Donald Trump's landslide 18,000 vote margin in Bullitt County.

Still, Belcher admits she was surprised.

“I really hope that's not the face that people see when they think of Bullitt County,” she said.

As for his Facebook posts, Johnson is still unapologetic. He insists he is not a racist, but says he has learned.

Johnson laughed asked whether he has changed the way he handles his Facebook page.

“I will watch that much closer,” he said. “Those are things people send you, and you erase them. Sometimes you leave them longer than you should. So, people can't post those things on my Facebook page anymore.”

The state Board of Elections will officially certify all the results at 10am on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

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