District 50 recount confirms Hatchett win, Hall concedes

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HIAWASSEE, Ga – The recount of the August 11 runoff confirmed the original results with Bo Hatchett winning the majority of the vote. He even picked up a few in some counties.

Stacy Hall, who requested a recanvassing, announced that he had conceded the race just before 8 p.m. on social media.

“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.  A special thank you to my wife, Ivy Copeland Hall and my family who stood beside me through it all. I am proud to have run a campaign of integrity anchored by issues and facts.”

Read the full statement, here.

All eight counties in District 50 began recounting ballots on Monday, August 31 at 9 a.m.

Hatchett declared victory on August 18, week after the runoff election, but Hall held firm to his right for a recount given the narrow margin separating the two candidates.

The recount revealed that Hatchett picked up a few votes in Towns (2) and Franklin (2). The only county Hatchett carried was his home county of Habersham. Hall also lives in Habersham and serves as Commission Chair. However, Hatchett’s landslide win in Habersham was enough to propel him over the top.

Hall also lost a vote in Banks County.

Now, Hatchett will move forward to the General Election in November. He will face Democrat Dee Daley for State Senator John Wilkinson’s seat. Wilkinson opted to run for Georgia House District Nine and lost in the primary. Andrew Clyde won the runoff in that race and will face Democrat Devin Pandy.

 

State senate recount on Monday, Hall claims ballot mishandling

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HIAWASSEE, Ga – Georgia State Senate District 50 recount will occur on Monday, August 31, across all eight counties.

The recount will include all ballots from the August 11 runoff with counties beginning at 9 a.m. District 50 includes Franklin, Habersham, Towns, Rabun, Stephens, and Banks counties and parts of Hall and Jackson counties.
Secretary of State certified the runoff election on August 26 with Habersham attorney Bo Hatchett winning 12,492 (50.07%) votes to Stacy Hall’s 12,455 (49.93%). The 37-vote (.16 percent) difference fell within the less than one half of one percent of the total votes cast margin needed to Hall to request a recount.

“Under O.C.G.A. § 21-2-495, a recount can be requested by the second-place candidate if the difference in votes between the winning candidate and second-place candidate is not more than 0.5% of the total votes cast in the race.” – Secretary of State release. 

In Hall’s official request issued on August 26 to the Secretary of State, he cited the Georgia code and asserted absentee ballots’ mishandling in Stephens County.

“I can confirm that many voters who requested absentee ballots never received them while others received absentee ballots as late as Monday prior to the election, making it impossible to meet the deadline. Many of these voters were elderly or had medical conditions and were either advised not to vote in-person due to COVID or were not physically able to,” Hall’s request read.

Copy of recount request

Hall asks the Secretary of State to take immediate action into the matter of “disenfranchised voters” who couldn’t practice their right to vote due to extenuating circumstances.

*Edit* At the time of Fetch Your News published article about the State Senate District 50 recount, the most recent confirmed information was that a sheriff recount taking place simultaneously as the senate race. FYN learned of the decision not to recall the sheriff race on Monday.

Hall intends to ask for a recount in District 50

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HIAWASSEE, Ga – On Monday, August 17, State Senate District 50 candidate Stacy Hall announced his intentions to ask for a recount in the runoff election held last week.

The runoff election results put lawyer and District 50 candidate Bo Hatchett ahead by 34 votes. Since then, the Hall campaign has been canvassing local election offices for any uncounted ballots. On Wednesday, August 12, Hall told supporters that “absentee, provisional, and overseas ballots still to be counted.”

Fast forward to August 17, when Hall takes the official step to request a recount. In the state of Georgia, if less than one-half percent separates two candidates, a candidate has the right to ask for a recount of votes cast. The request must be made in writing to the Secretary of State’s Office within two business days following election certification.

In a letter to the public, Hall said:

“First, I want to thank the 12,448 Northeast Georgians who cast their vote for me in the State Senate District 50 runoff.  I remain grateful and humbled.  With nearly 25,000 total votes cast and only 0.16% difference between the two candidates, it’s reasonable and prudent to request a recount so that all parties involved can be confident in the final count.”

Per O.C.G.A. § 21-2-495 if the difference between two candidates in a runoff is not more than one-half of 1 percent of the total votes cast, a candidate shall have the right to a recount of the votes cast.  Such a request must be made in writing to the Secretary of State’s Office within two business days following the State’s Certification of the election.

Now that the counties have certified their results, my intent is to request a recount as soon as the state certifies the election.”

This has been a very long election for everyone and I have no desire to drag it out, but with only 40 votes separating us out of nearly 25,000, I think a recount is wise so we can move forward confidently. I appreciate the patience of everyone in the district as we work to ensure confidence in the final results.”

It’s very rare for a recount to reverse an election decision, but it has happened in Georgia. Since the Stacy Hall vs. Bo Hatchett was a multi-county race, first each county must certify the results, and then the Secretary of State’s Office.

All eight counties will be asked to recount ballots from the August 11 runoff election at the expense of taxpayers.

Hall believes a District 50 recount is “wise and prudent” to instill confidence in the election process. As stated in the letter, he doesn’t want to drag out the election, rather he wants the district to be patient for a little longer.

In response to the challenge, Bo Hatchett has issued the following statement:

“With all of the votes accounted for, we have won by a 37-vote margin. I am grateful to the election commission staff who diligently made sure every vote was counted. Though a recount has been requested by my opponent, our campaign has no reason to believe that a recount would alter the outcome of this race. One week has already passed since election day, and more will pass before we will have results from a recount. We feel that it would be a disservice to our party to sit idly by over the next few weeks, and we feel led to begin our work fighting to turn out the Republican vote in November.

With that being said, I would like to thank everyone who volunteered on my campaign and for all the support I’ve garnered from around the district. I would like to thank my wife, Ashley, who I could not have done this without. She was my biggest supporter and kept our family going while I spent many days and nights on the trail. Lastly, I would like to thank God for allowing me the opportunity to campaign for this seat and for guiding me through every decision during it.
I am extremely appreciative to the voters in Georgia’s Senate District 50 for voting me to be the Republican Nominee for Senate District 50. Please join me in doing everything we can to turn out the Republican vote this fall to make sure we re-elect our President.”

Hall committed to staying in the race until every vote is counted

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HIAWASSEE, Ga – The question of who will be the Republican nominee for Georgia Senate District 50 is still unanswered following Tuesday night’s runoff election. With 100 percent reporting, only 34 votes separate candidates Stacy Hall and Bo Hatchett, and Hall’s pledged to remain in the race until all votes are in.

Each candidate held the lead at some point on election night, but the latest total favored Hatchett. Around midnight on Tuesday, Hall announced to his followers on social media that his campaign would be canvasing every board of elections office for any uncounted votes.

On Wednesday at 4 p.m., he announced that his campaign has confirmed that “there are still absentee, provisional, and overseas ballots still to be counted.”

The number of outstanding votes outweighs the current margin of difference in votes between Hall and Hatchett.

“I appreciate everyone’s patience as we await the final tally.  Ivy and I remain incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and well wishes,” said Hall.

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Hall has a current vote total of 12,448 (49.93%), and he won seven out of eight District 50 counties. Hatchett has received 12,482 (50.07%). Both are from Habersham County, which Hatchett carried with 63 percent of the vote. Hall also serves as Habersham Commission Chairman.

Once all the votes are counted, if less a percentage difference remains, candidates can call for a recount.

As for Hatchett, he and his campaign “feel good about where we are, this race was very competitive, and we don’t have final results yet. We believe the people in each election commission office will do their due diligence to ensure every vote is counted.”

Hatchett is a lawyer from Cornelia, Ga.

The Cornelia lawyer also thanked his supporters for helping him to run a “positive campaign.” Hatchett also hoped that the tight District 50 race reminds “ALL fellow Republicans that every vote truly matters.”

See Towns County vote totals, here. 

Watch Georgia Senate District 50 Republican Debate LIVE 6:30pm on FYNTv.com

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Watch Georgia State Senate District 50 Republican Debate LIVE at 6:30pm on FYNTv.com

Georgia’s State Senate District 50 Runoff will be August 11th. Early voting begins July 20th. Watch Republican Bo Hatchett and Republican Stacy Hall in a LIVE debate tonight at 6:30pm as they join Moderator Brian K. Pritchard in a debate sponsored by the Jackson County GOP.

Tune in to see where your candidate stands on the issues. Just click FYNTv.com on July 17th at 6:30 pm or download our app

L-R Bo Hatchett & Stacy Hall

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