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Bo Hatchett still has the most votes after recount in Georgia Senate District 50 runoff
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Bo Hatchett.

Bo Hatchett won the Republican nomination for Senate District 50 on Monday following a recount in the Aug. 11 primary runoff election. 

Hatchett had a lead of just 38 votes over Stacy Hall in the final tally of the Aug. 11 runoff featuring the two Habersham County Republicans, who were the two top vote getters in the June primary.  

Hatchett now faces Democrat Dee Daley in November. 

In Monday’s recount, Hall got 12,456 votes, while Hatchett got 12,494.  

At first, Hall received 12,455 votes districtwide, or 49.93%, while Hatchett received 12,492 votes, or 50.07%. Hall requested a recount. Candidates can ask for a recount within two days of the state certifying an election if the difference in votes is 0.5% or less.  District 50 includes part of East Hall and all or part of Towns, Rabun, Habersham, Stephens, Banks, Franklin and Jackson counties. 

In Hall County, vote totals remained the same at 243 votes for Hall and 139 votes for Hatchett. 

Chief Registrar Eureka Gober in Stephens County said Stephens, like Hall County, found the same results in the recount. Tammy Whitmire, Rabun County’s elections supervisor, said Rabun got the same results. Habersham and Jackson counties also got the same numbers.  

Franklin County’s recount found an additional two votes for Hall, while Hatchett received the same amount of votes in the recount. Janet Oliva, Towns County’s elections board chair, said Hatchett picked up two votes in Towns. Banks County found one fewer vote for Hall, and Hatchett’s numbers stayed the same, according to vote counts from Election Supervisor Andra Phagan.

"I called to congratulate Bo Hatchett on his victory as the Republican Candidate for State Senate District 50," Hall said Monday. "With nearly 25,000 votes cast and only 38 votes separating us, today's recount confirmed it was a very competitive race but it's time to put the campaign to rest. I'm incredibly grateful for the dozens of committed volunteers who worked so hard throughout my campaign and for the thousands of voters who put their trust and confidence in me."

Bo Hatchett 

Who he is: Hatchett is an attorney and owns a real estate business. He is from Habersham County. 

How he reacted: Hatchett said he was “humbled” and grateful for support from his wife and voters. “We’re excited and looking forward to getting the vote out in November for our president and the Republican Party,” he said. 

On the issues: Hatchett has said that education, public safety and agriculture should be budget priorities and he would take a fiscally conservative approach to the budget. He has also said he supports a payroll tax cut for small businesses. 

What’s next: Hatchett will compete against Democrat Dee Daley in November. 

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