- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A judge says a mere 35-vote margin isn’t close enough to trigger an automatic recount in a special election for mayor of Milledgeville.

The Telegraph of Macon reports (http://bit.ly/1K9IvXd ) Baldwin County Probate Judge Todd Blackwell said the still-unofficial victory margin for political newcomer Gary Thrower is greater than 1 percent of the overall vote. Georgia law guarantees a recount only if the margin between candidates is less than 1 percent.

Unofficial returns show Thrower defeated Floyd Griffin Jr., a former Milledgeville mayor and state senator, by just 35 votes out of 2,233 ballots cast in their special election Tuesday. Griffin says he plans to seek a recount. The judge said the few provisional ballots yet to be counted still wouldn’t bring the results close enough to require re-tallying the votes.

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Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

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