FRANKFORT, Ky. – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin conceded to Democratic archnemesis Andy Beshear on Thursday, putting an end to Kentucky's bitterly fought governor's race and setting the stage for divided government.
Bevin, an ally of President Donald Trump, made the dramatic announcement outside his statehouse office on the same day election officials across Kentucky double-checked vote totals at his request. Bevin, who trailed by several thousand votes, acknowledged the recanvass wouldn't change the outcome.
Ex-Massachusetts governor in 2020 field
Deval Patrick launched what he acknowledged to be a “Hail Mary” bid on Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination, testing whether voters sifting through an already crowded field are open to hearing from new candidates less than three months before the primary voting officially begins.
Patrick made history in 2007 as the first black governor of Massachusetts. He has close ties to former President Barack Obama and his network of advisers, which could help him quickly establish contacts and raise money.
Stone jury deliberations go to 2nd day
Jury deliberations will extend into a second day in the trial of Roger Stone, a veteran Republican political operative charged with lying to Congress and other charges stemming from the special counsel's Russia investigation.
Jurors on Thursday concluded about six hours of deliberations without reaching a verdict.
Carter walking days after surgery
Former President Jimmy Carter was already “up and walking” just a day after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain from bleeding linked to recent falls, his pastor said.
The Rev. Tony Lowden of Maranatha Baptist Church visited Carter, 95, in an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday, a day after the ex-president's surgery. “His spirits are good and he is up and walking,” Lowden told reporters.
4 held in Halloween slayings at Airbnb
Four men were arrested Thursday on suspicion of murder in the deaths of five people in a shooting at a Halloween party at an Airbnb rental home in the San Francisco Bay Area. A fifth man was arrested on a charge of being an accessory to the crime, the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department said.
Sheriff David Livingston said did not address a possible motive in the fatal shootings in Orinda, Calif., that sent more than 100 terrified partygoers running for safety.