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Nov 12, 2010 10:44 AM

Chandler Certified As Winner Of Congressional Race After Re-Canvass

Election officials have completed a re-canvass of the Kentucky congressional race between incumbent Ben Chandler and Andy Barr, and say that the totals match and that Chandler has been certified as the winner of the election.

Democratic Rep. Chandler held a 600-vote lead over Republican challenger Barr with 100 percent of precincts reporting from last week's election in the Lexington-area 6th Congressional district.

Barr asked the state to re-canvass the votes from the 16-county district. Officials said that the results of the re-canvass will be faxed to the secretary of state's office.

The Chandler-Barr contest was one of just nine races for Congress and governor not yet decided around the country.

Chandler released a statement following Friday's recanvass:

“I am so thankful to again have the support of the people of central Kentucky. I want to thank all of the hard-working election officials for maintaining a smooth and successful election process and appreciate the large number of Kentuckians who spoke up on Election Day through the power of their vote. Over the next two years I will continue to work hard to create jobs, help our economy recover and make central Kentucky an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Associated Press Wire Services Contributed To This Story.

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