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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the divisions among Kentucky Republicans; and how gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin can mend fences for the fall campaign. 

Here’s something we never expected to say a year ago, after Louisville businessman Matt Bevin - then the ultimate political party outsider - lost a tea party-fueled challenge to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s GOP Senate primary:

Matt Bevin is now the Kentucky Republican Party’s candidate for governor in the November election.

The re-canvass Thursday of last week's votes in Kentucky's Republican gubernatorial race didn't change a thing.

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin still led Kentucky agriculture commissioner James Comer by 83 votes out of more than 214,000 cast.

As we head into summer, things are starting to heat up, and we'’re not just talking about the weather. The number of Republicans vying for their party’'s presidential nomination is growing each month, while many Democrats are hoping there are other candidates willing to step-up and challenge Hillary Clinton.

No objections to close elections here. 

As a politics reporter, they’re much more fun to cover than blow-outs.

And did we ever have a close one Tuesday night in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, on the Republican side of the Kentucky gubernatorial primary.

Voters in Kentucky went to the polls Tuesday to choose the candidate they hoped would replace Steve Beasher as the next governor of the commonwealth. 

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Wednesday morning  about the Republican primary for Kentucky governor. It  was one of the closest elections in the history of the Commonwealth - Louisville businessman Matt Bevin led Agriculture Commissioner James Comer by a scant 83 votes out of 214,187 votes cast. Comer has asked for a re-canvass of Tuesday's vote; and, if he picks up votes, he could ask for a full recount.

WVXU politics reporters Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about tomorrow's GOP gubernatorial primary in Kentucky, which appears to be too close to call.

Voters in Kentucky head to the polls next Tuesday for the commonwealth’'s primary elections. There are four Republicans and two Democrats vying to be their party’'s candidate for governor in the November general election.

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  Saying he wants to give Ohio Democrats "a competition, not a coronation," Cincinnati city council member P.G. Sittenfeld said in Columbus this morning he will stay in the U.S. Senate race, despite pressure within his own party to withdraw. 

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson joins us for an update.