November 15, 2006
The final numbers are in. Today, Georgia's Secretary of State's office certified the results from last Tuesday's election.
Several races ended with a very close margin of victory...so close there will be a recount.
Republican Max Burns has not conceded in the race for the 12th Congressional district.
But today, the Secretary of State's office has certified the results, naming Democratic incumbent John Barrow as the winner with just 894 more votes than Burns.
But, is it over? Under Georgia law, a candidate is entitled to an automatic recount if the margin in the race is less than one percent, which is the case here.
Max Burns has two business days to request that recount. If there is one, Augusta's director of elections Lynn Bailey says it won't be quick and easy.
"It will take a lot of time to do it, just because we have in excess of 2500 or so paper ballots that have to be put through, and as all of us know from his past election night, were always waiting on those paper ballots to get counted," Bailey said. "It's the sluggish part of the process."
In the Palmetto State, we're certain there will be a recount. The Election Commission ordered one in the races for lieutenant governor and state education superintendent.
Right now Andre Bauer leads Robert Barber in the lieutenant governor's race.
And Democrat Jim Rex is ahead of Republican Karen Floyd for the top education post.
That recount starts in the morning.
One close race that's ending without a runoff or recount is the race for the District 4 seat on the Augusta Commission. Bernard Harper can get right to work; he will be sworn in tomorrow. Harper narrowly beat Alvin Mason.
Don't forget to head back to the polls on December 5. That's the day for the runoff elections.
The only statewide race in Georgia is public service commission.
Locally, two school board races will be decided. In Richmond County, A.K. Hasan faces Venus Cain in a runoff for Super District 9. Columbia County is electing a school board chairperson for the first time, with Lee Muns facing Regina Buccafusco.
And the superior court judge's race covers several counties, with J. David Roper up against Bill Williams.