Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo has changed his mind and decided not to seek a recanvass of votes in last night’s Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate.
Earlier today Mongiardo campaign manager Kim Geveden released a statement saying a recanvass was being requested to assure no errors were made.
But this afternoon, Geveden distributed another statement saying Mongiardo had changed his mind.
Mongiardo said he backed away from a recanvass because it would be "extremely unlikely" to change the outcome. He said a recanvass would delay the healing process that needs to take place after the competitive primary race.
In a release, Jack Conway referred to the campaign as a family where two brothers sometimes fight.
“But when faced with an opposing force, those same brothers stand together to protect their family.”
Conway defeated Mongiardo by a razor thin one point margin.
Mongiardo Campaign Release
Saying “Daniel feels it’s time to move forward,” the U.S. Senate campaign of Dr. Daniel Mongiardo has decided it will not seek a re-canvass in the Kentucky Democratic Primary. Earlier today, the campaign stated it would look at seeking a re-canvass.
“This was a difficult decision. Many of our supporters have poured their hearts and souls into this campaign and they are heartbroken today. However, upon further reflection, I realize that despite their being less than a 1% difference in the vote, a re-canvass is extremely unlikely to change the outcome. It would only delay the healing process that needs to take place. I want to express my sincere thanks to the thousands of Kentuckians who worked on our campaign and the 225,000 Kentuckians who supported our efforts with their vote,” said Mongiardo.
Kim Geveden, Mongiardo’s campaign spokesman said, “After talking to election experts, and weighing the probability of changing the outcome of the election versus the importance of moving our party forward, Daniel made the decision that it is more important to move forward than pursue a re-canvass that was extremely unlikely to change the outcome despite the razor thin difference in the vote.”
Conway Campaign Release
Daniel Mongiardo and his campaign team were worthy opponents and I am proud to have earned a hard-fought victory against their organization. In the Democratic Party, as is the case with most families, sometimes brothers fight. But when faced with an opposing force, those same brothers stand together to protect their family.
As we have in the past, Kentucky Democrats will come together for the good of the Commonwealth. In the Democratic primary, Daniel and I each got more Kentucky votes than Rand Paul – an encouraging sign as we head into a tough General Election campaign.
I intend to earn the support of those who were with Daniel in the primary and working together, I know we can defeat Rand Paul in November.
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