Hatchett retains lead in Senate District race, but vote totals uncertified as tabulation continues

Candidate Stacy Hall, in a morning social media post, re-affirms his intent to formally request a recount.

As of 11 a.m. this morning, Aug. 17, Candidate Bo Hatchett retains a narrow lead over candidate Stacy Hall in the runoff election for the 50th District Georgia State Senate seat.

According to the Georgia Secretary of State's Election Division website, 5,011 election day votes, 5 provisional votes, 3,179 absentee by mail votes and 4,293 advance in-person votes were cast for Hatchett, for a total of 12,488 - or 50.08% of the 24,936 votes cast in the race.

The current count shows 4,546 election day votes, 1 provisional vote, 3,514 absentee votes and 4,387 advance in-person votes were cast for Hall, for a total of 12,448 votes, or 49.92% of the total votes cast.

These numbers show a slight change from the results posted by the SOS office on Wednesday, when 100% of pertinent counties reported results. As of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, Hatchett had 50.07% of 24,930 votes with a total of 12,482. His current count, with further processing of provisional and absentee ballots, shows an increase of six votes. Hall's Wednesday total was 12,448 votes, or 49.93% of the total votes, unchanged from the Wednesday count.

"First, I want to thank the 12,448 Northeast Georgians who cast their vote for me in the State Senate District 50 runoff. I remain grateful and humbled. With nearly 25,000 total votes cast and only 0.16% difference between the two candidates, it’s reasonable and prudent to request a recount so that all parties involved can be confident in the final count," Hall stated in a Facebook post early this morning. "Per O.C.G.A. § 21-2-495 if the difference between two candidates in a runoff is not more than one-half of 1 percent of the total votes cast, a candidate shall have the right to a recount of the votes cast....Now that the counties have certified their results, my intent is to request a recount as soon as the state certifies the election. This has been a very long election for everyone and I have no desire to drag it out, but with only 40 votes separating us out of nearly 25,000, I think a recount is wise so we can move forward confidently. I appreciate the patience of everyone in the district as we work to ensure confidence in the final results."

Hatchett's latest public comment regarding the race was posted on Aug. 13, stating:

"Though we feel good about where we are, this race was very competitive and we don't have final results yet. We believe the people in each election commission office will do their due diligence to ensure every vote is counted. I still wanted to take a moment and share with our supporters and volunteers my sincerest gratitude. I am incredibly proud of the positive campaign we have run and we will do our best to share results as soon as we know.

I hope our race will serve as a reminder to ALL fellow Republicans that every vote truly matters. So this November, please don't stay home. We have to come together to ensure Republicans are elected to every level of government."

According to statistics posted on the state's Election Division website, as of 11 a.m. this morning, three of the 65 counties in the state remain only partially reported - however, none of those three counties are within the 50th district, and play no part in the Hatchett/Hall election. Of the eight counties that are completely or partially included in the 50th Senate District, all eight are completely reported, and results from Rabun, Franklin and Banks counties have been certified. Results from Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Stephens and Towns counties have yet to be certified.

(Editor's note: 8/17/2020 12:20 P.M. - Habersham County certified election results on Friday, Aug. 14, but the SOS website has not been updated to show their results as certified. Vote totals and percentages are correct, but only Hal, Jackson, Stephens and Towns counties are remain uncertified, Habersham should be included with the Rabun, Franklin and Banks as certified.)

Whichever candidate is deemed to be the winner of the Runoff election will face Democratic candidate Dee Daley in the November General Election.

Other races for Stephens County residents on the November Ballot will be:

US Senator race for Senator David Perdue's seat. Candidates include Republican incumbent Perdue, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff and Libertarian candidate Shane Hazel.

US Senator race for the seat currently held by Republican Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to the seat in December 2019 by Gov. Brian Kemp upon the retirement of Senator Johnny Isakson. The election for this senate seat is being held as a special election, in a format that is referred to as a "Jungle Election" referring to the "every man for himself" sense - meaning that this race was not included in the Primary Election in June; all candidates, regardless of race, will be listed on the ballot on Nov. 3, and the candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the vote will take the seat. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the Nov. 3 election, a runoff election will be held on Jan. 5, 2021 between the top two finalists. Qualified candidates for this race include:

Doug Collins (R)

Derrick E. Grayson (R)

Annette Davis Jackson (R)

A. Wayne Johnson (R)

Kelly Loeffler (R)

Kandiss Taylor (R)

Deborah Jackson (D)

Jamesia James (D)

Tamara Johnson-Shealey (D)

Matt Lieberman (D)

Joy Felicia Slade (D)

Ed Tarver (D)

Raphael Warnock (D)

Richard Dien Winfield (D)

Brian Slowinski (Libertarian)

Al Bartell (Indiependent)

Allen Buckley (Independent)

Michael Todd Greene (Independent)

Valencia Stovall (Independent)

John "Green" Fortuin (Green)

Rod Mack (Write-In)

State Representative, District 28

Chris Erwin (Incumbent) - Unopposed

District Attorney - Mountain District

George R. Christian (Incumbent) - Unopposed


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