Perdue, Wilson win runoff elections

Recount likely in Republican school superintendent race

by Sarah Fay Campbell

t’s not over until it’s over.

And the runoff election may not be over until a recount is held.

The Republican runoff for state school superintendent was so close that a recount is widely expected.

Richard Woods beat Mike Buck by a mere 0.18 percent of the vote. With nearly 398,000 votes cast statewide, only 725 votes separated the two candidates.

Under state law, a losing candidate can request a recount if the vote margin is less than 1 percent.

Buck told the “Atlanta Journal Constitution” Tuesday that he would request a recount, if the margin was within the 1 percent threshold.

The race between Republican U.S. Senate candidates David Perdue and Jack Kingston was also close, but not that close.

Perdue won with 50.88 percent of the vote. He garnered 245,726 votes to Kingston’s 237,196.

Perdue will face Democrat Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford in November.

In the runoff for the Democratic nominee for state school superintendent, Valarie Wilson handily defeated Alisha Thomas Morgan, with 54.38 percent of the vote. Wilson garnered 73,590 votes to Morgan’s 61,728.

Wilson will face either Woods or Buck in November.

The Georgia Democratic Party Wednesday announced it has named four individuals who will chair the state party’s coordinated 2014 campaign. They are David Cooke, Macon Circuit district attorney, Tharon Johnson, Veronica Maldonado and Rep. Dewey McClain of Lawrenceville.

On Wednesday afternoon, election officials in the state were sent information about recount procedures.

Coweta Elections Superintendent Jane Scoggins said that the email she received from state Election Director Linda Ford detailed state law on recounts.

The losing candidate must request the recount within two business days after the election is certified. Scoggins certified her results Wednesday, but it could be Monday or Tuesday before all counties certify their results.

Some votes may still remain to be counted in other counties. Ballots mailed by overseas military personnel have until Friday to get to their local elections offices, Scoggins said. Those who cast provisional ballots have 48 hours to submit photo IDs or other documentation.

The email said that recount instructions will be sent out “as soon as we receive a request,” according to Scoggins.

“So they’re expecting it,” she said.

Scoggins has been through a few recounts, but has never seen the vote total change. She doesn’t expect any changes to the totals from the electronic voting machines. But there could possibly be changes from the count of the paper absentee ballots. In Coweta, there were 495 paper absentee ballots.

Once an election is certified, the paper ballots are sealed. Since she’s expecting a recount, Scoggins hasn’t yet sealed them, though they are safely in a vault.

Once the recount is requested, a date will be set for the recount, Scoggins said.



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