Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp Wednesday announced he has certified the results for the May 20 general primary elections. The certified results of state and federal races can be found on the secretary of state’s website, http://sos.georgia.gov/elections.
In certifying the results, Kemp affirmed that all counties have provided to the state the total votes tabulated for each candidate. Further, he said the returns are a true and correct tabulation of the certified returns received by this office from each county.
Additionally, with the certification, the time period for a candidate for state office to request a recount begins. Certification does not preclude the state from continuing any current investigations related to the general primary or from pursuing any future allegations that may arise from the election.
In related news, Thursday’s recount for the District 7 (chairman’s) seat on the Fulton County Board of Commissioners confirmed incumbent Democrat John Eaves as the winner with 50.4 percent of the vote. He defeated Robb Pitts, the District 2 incumbent who was forced to run against Eaves when the commission districts were redrawn by the Republican-controlled Legislature. In the recount Eaves lost five votes and Pitts gained seven because some paper ballots were not counted correctly on Election Day.
“The race for the Democratic nomination for board of commission[ers] chairman has been decided by a very tight margin,” Eaves said in a statement. “I just received word that a recount was completed today showing my victory by 303 votes out of more than 45,000 cast.”
Eaves will face Republican Earl Cooper in November.