MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) — Two candidates in Mobile County who emerged from July 17th’s Republican runoff elections with razor-thin leads were declared victors Tuesday after provisional votes were counted.
After the votes were tabulated election night, 125 votes separated the candidates for Circuit Judge, Place Six, and there was just a 25-vote margin in the race for House District 102. So, the usually mundane practice of counting the provisional ballots had a bit of intrigue at Mobile County Probate Court. Over the last week, the County Board of Registrars ruled that 91 of 154 provisional ballots cast countywide were valid. Those ballots were fed into machines and counted today.
Brandy Hambright ended up beating Harry Satterwhite by 113 votes for circuit judge. Satterwhite got 47 of 82 provisional votes, but lost 12,984 to 12,871.
Shane Stringer stretched his lead over Willie Gray in House District 102 by collecting 16 of the 29 provisional ballots. The Satsuma Police Chief defeated the Call News Editor by 28 votes, 2,564 to 2,539. With no Democratic opposition in the fall, Stringer becomes the new state rep for District 102 which primarily covers west and north Mobile County.
“We won by a very narrow margin and we need to work on building relationships with the rest of our community and uniting everybody for the best interest of our district and our community,” Stringer said.
The defeated candidates can demand a recount but they have only 48 hours to do so, and they have to pay for the process. Automatic recounts only happen in Alabama following extremely close races in a general election, but not a primary or runoff.
For Hambright, the campaigning continues. She faces Democrat Karlos Finley in November.