State Senate candidate Hall announces intent to request recount in close race

With results still uncertified by the state, only 34 votes separate the candidates for Georgia State Senator for District 50. Although Hall carried 7 of the 8 counties in the district, Hatchett recorded a decisive win in Habersham County, where the number of votes cast accounted for nearly 30 percent of all votes cast in the race.

Hatchett, left, Hall, right

Voters in this race utilized all three voting options, with Election Day in-person voting attracting slightly lower than 40 percent of votes, followed by early in-person voting. Vote-by-mail, however was also a common choice, with more than 26 percent of voters casting their ballot by mail.

Candidate Bo Hatchett, as of today, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. carried the win in Election Day In-Person voting, while Hall carried the two early voting categories. The margin for Hatchett’s win is slim, however, and in addition to several counties not having 100 percent of their ballots submitted, and results not official until certified by the state election office, Hall has announced his intention to request recounts in several counties.

“Given the very few votes that separate my opponent and me, we believe the most prudent thing is to canvass the boards of elections in each county to ensure that every vote has been counted,” Hall stated in an announcement at midnight on his campaign’s Facebook page – shortly after the Secretary of State’s website declared that 100 percent relevant counties in this race had posted at least partial results.

“It has been a hard fought campaign and we look forward to confirming the results of the election as soon as that’s possible. I continue to be humbled by the outpouring of support from old friends and new friends. Having won 7 of the 8 counties in Senate District 50, we owe it to the process and the voters to make sure every vote is counted,” he stated.

Under Georgia law, recounts may be initiated under the following conditions:

  • A superintendent may order, at his or her discretion, a recount (for paper ballots) or recanvass (for DREs) if it appears there is a discrepancy or error in the returns.

  • If the margin between candidates is less than one percent, a candidate may submit a request for a recount to the secretary of state (for federal and statewide offices) or superintendent (all other offices).

  • Voters may submit a petition to the superintendent for a recanvass of votes if it appears there is a discrepancy or error in the returns.

Hall received 12,448 total votes (49.93%) and Hatchett garnered 12,482 (50.07%) The difference of 34 votes may increase, or decrease, as last minute tallying of provisional and mail-in ballots is completed across the district.



Statewide results

  • Election Day In Person Voting – 9,557 ballots cast (38.34% of 24,930 total ballots cast in race)

  • Absentee by Mail Voting – 6,693 ballots cast (26.84% of 24,930 total ballots cast in race)

  • Advance In-Person Voting – 8,680 ballots cast (34.82% of 24,930 total ballots cast in race)

Bo Hatchett

  • Election Day In-Person Votes – 5,011 (40.15% of Hatchett’s total votes, 52.43% of total Election Day In-Person Votes, and 20.10% of total votes in race)

  • Absentee by Mail-In Votes – 3,178 (25.46% of Hatchett’s total votes, 47.48% of total Absentee Mail-In votes, and 12.75% of total votes in race)

  • Advance In-Person Votes – 4,293 (34.39% of Hatchett’s total votes, 49.46% of total Absentee Mail-In votes, and 17.22% of total votes in race)

  • Provisional Votes - 0

  • Total Votes – 12,482 (50.07% of 24,930 total votes cast in the race)


Stacy Hall

  • Election Day In-Person Votes – 4,546 (36.52% of Hall’s total votes, 47.57% of total Election Day In-Person Votes, and 36.52% of total votes in race)

  • Absentee by Mail-In Votes – 3,515 (28.24% of Hall’s total votes, 52.60% of total Absentee Mail-In votes, and 28.24% of total votes in race)

  • Advance In-Person Votes – 4,387 (35.24% of Hall’s total votes, 50.51% of total Absentee Mail-In votes, and 35.24% of total votes in race)

  • Provisional Votes - 0

  • Total Votes – 12,448 (49.93% of 24,930 total votes cast in the race)

Senate District 50 includes the following Counties

Banks (19,234 population): 13 of 13 precincts reporting – Hall 1.300 (54.78%) – Hatchett 1.155 (45.22%) – Total Votes 2,554 – Hall carried 9 precincts, Hatchett carried 4 precincts.

Franklin (23,349 population): 7 of 7 precincts reporting – Hall 1,768 (65.63%) – Hatchett 926 (334.37%) – 2,694 total votes – Hall took all 7 precincts.

Habersham (45,288 population): 7 out of 7 precincts reporting – Hall 2,598 (36.76%) – Hatchett 4,470 (63.24%) – 7,068 total votes – Hatchett took 7 out of 7 precincts.

Hall (204,441 population) partial: – 2 out of 2 precincts reporting (only 2 of Hall’s 32 precincts are in District 50) – Hall 243 (63.61%) – Hatchett 139 (36.391%) – 382 total votes – Clyde both precincts.

Jackson (70,422 population): 2 out of 2 precincts reported only 2 of Hall’s 4 precincts are in District 50) – Hall 1,534 (50.56%) – Hatchett 1,500 (49.44%) – 3,034 total votes – Hall took one precinct and Hatchett took the other precinct.

Rabun (16,867 population): 1 out of 1 precincts – Hall 1,588 (52.07%) – Hatchett 1,462 (47.93%) – 3,050 total votes.

Stephens (26,035 population): 1 out of 1 precincts reporting – Hall 1,446 (55.66%) – Hatchett 1,152 (44.34%) – 2,598 total votes.

Towns (11,852 population): 3 out of 3 precincts reporting – Hall 1,872 (52.73%) – Hatchett 1,678 (47.27%) – 3,550 total votes – Hall took all three precincts.

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