Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday he was “sorry” the governor of his home state lost his reelection bid to a Democrat last week, but suggested it was time to move on and accept the results.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) appears to have lost the election to Democrat Andy Beshear by a mere 5,000 ballots, but he has so far refused to concede. Instead, Bevin has demanded a recanvass of the votes, citing vague voting “irregularities” without evidence.
McConnell didn’t seem to be having it during an event on Monday, saying Bevin had a “good four years,” but the election result was unlikely to change.
“Barring some dramatic reversal on the re-canvass, we’ll have a different governor in three weeks,” the Senate leader told reporters, per The Associated Press. “My first election was almost the same number of votes that Beshear won by. We had a recanvass, added them up, it didn’t change and we all moved on.”
The recanvass Bevin requested is scheduled for Thursday.
Beshear has declared victory in the race, which could have dramatic implications for the state ranging from voting rights to public education. His inauguration is scheduled for Dec. 10.
McConnell refused to say Monday if he was concerned about the blue wave that led to Bevin’s poor showing, simply saying “we’ll find out.”
Democrats have already begun planning their campaign to unseat McConnell, who is up for reelection next year.
“All I have to say is: Mitch, you’re next,” Amy McGrath, a retired Marine pilot who is running to unseat him, said in a fundraising email just hours after Beshear declared victory.