Recount in Kentucky House Race Ends in Tie

Feb 2, 2019

Credit J. Tyler Franklin

A recount in a contested Kentucky state House race where a Democrat was elected by a one-vote margin has ended in a tie.

Owensboro Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican State Rep. DJ Johnson on Election Day by one vote. But the Republican-controlled state legislature ordered a recount at Johnson's request.

Saturday, the Daviess County Board of Elections recounted the more than 12,000 ballots by hand. A review of ballots cast on Election Day showed Glenn leading Johnson by two votes. But the board decided to count five of 17 rejected absentee ballots. Three of those ballots went for Johnson, one went for Glenn and one was blank. 

The election board will send a report back to the House of Representatives, which will decide what to do next. The House has the final say on who wins the seat. A lawyer for Glenn says they plan to sue if the House votes to remove him from office.