published Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Greg Vital will decide this week on 10th Senate recount request

by Chris Carroll
Greg Vital
Greg Vital
Photo by Allison Love /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Republican state Senate candidate Greg Vital will announce this week whether he’ll ask for a recount, a spokesman said Saturday.

“First we’re waiting on all the votes to be counted,” spokesman Rob Alderman said. “Hamilton County found 25 votes they didn’t have before Friday. Are there others out there we’ll know about today or tomorrow?”

Records show exactly 16,000 GOP primary ballots were cast in Senate District 10, which includes parts of Bradley and Hamilton counties.

Republican Todd Gardenhire’s 15-vote election day lead over Vital grew to 40 Friday when Hamilton County Election Commission officials said a voting machine error caused them to miss 25 Gardenhire votes in the Eastdale precinct.

That glitch and the 40-vote spread led Vital to issue a news release asking for a recount Friday. 

Hamilton County Election Commission attorney Chris Clem said the decision whether to grant a recount would be up to the state Republican Party, and that Vital would have to pay for it.

See Sunday’s Times Free Press for complete story.

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