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Barr campaign discussing options in Congressional cliffhanger

The votes are in, and results tallied, but one race still isn't over yet.

Democrat Ben Chandler, the incumbent, claimed victory in the 6th District Congressional race Tuesday night.

However, just 600 votes separate him, and his challenger, Republican Andy Barr.

Barr is not conceding the race, so that has the Kentucky Secretary of State's office preparing for what could come next.

The Barr campaign has yet to announce whether they will request a recanvass, but they do say this race is too close to call.

A Barr campaign spokesperson says they are meeting Wednesday to discuss options, and they will soon release more information on any possible further action.

Barr issued a statement Wednesday morning, saying, "Something as important as reforming Congress merits working to make sure that every last vote is carefully counted and the people of the Sixth District are heard. This race is not over."

Chandler told 27 NEWSFIRST he feels like he has a margin that will withstand a recanvass or a recount.

State election officials say there's still some time before any of this could unfold.

"The first thing we have to do is wait for the official results to come in," Les Fugate, of the Kentucky Secretary of State's office said. "The results that everyone is talking about from last night are unofficial numbers. Official numbers have to be certified to the secretary of state by noon on Friday."

Once the state board of elections certifies the final vote, the Barr campaign, if they choose, can then file for a recanvass.

If Barr does want to request a recanvass, he has until Tuesday to file the paperwork.

A recanvass is a simple process, where county clerks recheck the voting machines and absentee ballots to ensure they are reported correctly.

It's not an automatic process.

Regardless of how many votes separate the candidates, it must be requested.

The state says the cost is very minimal, and is covered by individual counties.

When it comes to an official recount, that requires a court order.

A candidate has to file a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court, and that campaign would pay the cost of the court battle and recount.


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