Gov. Matt Bevin finally conceded to Andy Beshear during a Thursday afternoon press conference, more than one week after the Nov. 5 Kentucky election.
The Kentucky Democratic Party won a lawsuit on Monday to restore 175,000 voters from an "inactive" list to the regular rolls.
Most of the opposition to BMD voting has come from election integrity and civil rights activists who say these systems are not sufficiently trustworthy.
McConnell finally caved to months of pressure from Democrats and members of his own party, and agreed to add $250 million in election security funding.
Though Republicans tried to downplay the importance of an off-year special House election in North Carolina, President Trump certainly thought differently.
Among other factors, predictions of record voter turnout next year reflect what happened in the 2018 midterms, in which 35 million more people participated than in 2014.