Mike Buck requests recount in school superintendent’s race

July 29, 2014 15:47 pm

by Jason · 5 comments

“Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no!” Or something.

Anyway, Mike Buck, who lost the Republican runoff for state school superintendent to Richard Woods by a razor-thin margin, has requested a recount, according to the Secretary of State’s office:

Michael L. “Mike” Buck, a Republican candidate for State School Superintendent, has requested a recount of all votes in the Republican Primary Runoff held on July 22, 2014.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 21-2-495(c), the Secretary of State has notified all county election superintendents of Mr. Buck’s request and further directed that such superintendents conduct a recount of all votes cast in the Republican Primary Runoff for State School Superintendent.

Such recount is to be held and completed no later than 12:00 noon on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

The recount shall be conducted by each superintendent in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 21-2- 495(c) and the Rules of the State Election Board.

Not saying it’s not going to happen, after all, Buck lost by just 713 votes. But one has to wonder what the chances of Tuesday’s runoff being reversed actually are.

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analogkid July 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Lemme run those ballots again for you Mike.

Beep-boop-beep-boop-beep.

You still lost. Would you like me to run them again?

Chris Huttman July 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I know in other states it is common for a count to get transcribed wrong, but at least here unless there’s a county reporting a provisional ballot total of 800 when they meant 8, this is probably not going to change.

drjay July 30, 2014 at 8:55 am

while i tend to agree that results likely won’t change, it would only take an average of about 5 ballots per county to be off for it to change–you can’t blame him for exploring the option…

Chris Huttman July 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

Oh I definitely don’t blame him for trying. But while it’s certainly possible to see tallies change slightly in more than 1 county, the odds that they’d all be 5 or 6 votes in the same person’s favor are small.

drjay July 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

during the recount i was involved in back in 07, both my opponent and i gained votes during the recount and the net result ended up the same…