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Bevin before a Lexington, Kentucky rally on Nov. 4, 2019. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin formally requested a recanvass of votes for the state's gubernatorial race on Wednesday, after tailing behind Democratic opponent Andy Beshear by just above 5,000 votes, AP reports.

The big picture: A Democratic win from Beshear would suggest that the impeachment inquiry into Trump is not the useful 2020 strategy Republicans assumed it would be, even in Trump-friendly states.

  • Beshear has "declined to extrapolate any lessons for the broader Democratic Party based on his success in Kentucky," the New York Times notes.

What's happening: Beshear has declared victory and pressed forward with organizing his transition team. Bevin's campaign manager said there were "reports of irregularities" in the election, but have not currently given details on the claim, NPR reports.

  • Bevin's call for a recanvass in Kentucky — which does not have a mandatory recount law — would involve officials checking absentee ballots and voting machines in the race, per the New York Times, and reviewing vote totals in each county.

Go deeper: 3 states' consequential off-year elections: Where it stands

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article included an image of a Bevin supporter instead of Bevin.

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U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.

CNN fires Chris Cuomo

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN

CNN said Saturday evening it has fired one of its star anchors, Chris Cuomo, following new revelations from a legal review made by the company into Cuomo's involvement in the management of his brother's sexual harassment scandal.

Why it matters: Saturday's firing speaks to how much pressure CNN was under by employees and critics to address Cuomo's behavior.

Updated 3 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Electric car prices could go up before they come down

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.

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