MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — Two closely contested races in Mobile County are unlikely to result in recounts, despite the razor-thin margin separating the candidates.
In Tuesday’s Republican Runoff election, Satsuma Police Chief Shane Stringer beat Call News Editor Willie Gray by 25 votes in House District 102, which covers mostly western and northern Mobile County. Brandy Hambright defeated Harry Satterwhite by 125 votes for a place on the Mobile County Circuit Court bench.
Even though both races were decided by less than one half of one percent, there will be no automatic recount. State Code says, “When, in a general election, the election returns… reflect that a candidate is defeated… by not more than one half of one percent of the votes cast… a recount shall be held….”
Automatic recounts do not apply to primary or runoff elections. A candidate can request a recount, but has to pay for it.
The Mobile County Probate Court Wednesday afternoon announced the number of provisional ballots cast Tuesday and it appears there aren’t enough of them to change the results. 154 provisional ballots were cast countywide. 58 of those were cast in House District 102. The Mobile County Board of Registrars will determine how many of those ballots are valid. The valid ballots will be opened Tuesday by the Mobile County Canvassing Board who will add the results to the returns. The Canvassing Board will then certify the overall results.
If all the provisional ballots are ruled valid, Satterwhite would have to get 140 of 154 to beat Hambright. Gray would have to get 42 of 58 votes to overtake Stringer.
Political consultant Jon Gray who worked on both the Satterwhite and Gray campaigns told News 5, “unless there are some sort of irregularities, I doubt that a recount will take place.”
With no Democrat on the ballot in the fall, the Stringer-Gray winner will become the district’s new legislator. The Hambright-Satterwhite winner will face Democrat Carlos Finley in the general election in November.
27,600 votes were cast in Mobile County yesterday, a turnout of just 9.4-percent.