LEXINGTON, Ky. — Republican Andy Barr asked on Thursday for a second check of vote totals across the 16 counties of Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, where he trails U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, by 600 votes.
Barr, a Lexington lawyer, sent a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Trey Grayson asking for a machine-by-machine examination of vote totals produced Tuesday night. Chandler has claimed victory, but Barr has not conceded defeat.
The procedure, called a recanvass, will occur in the individual counties on Nov. 12 and should take only a few hours, said Les Fugate, spokesman for the secretary of state. The counties then will report their findings to the secretary of state.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting in the Lexington area district, Chandler had 119,845 or 50.1 percent to Lexington attorney Andy Barr's 119,245 or 49.8 percent, a lead of 600 votes. The results are final but unofficial.