“Although the closeness of the election will trigger an automatic recount, barring some unforeseen event, Dr. Stutts will immediately assume his new responsibilities as state senator for Senate District 6. The district includes western Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin Counties, and parts of Lawrence and Marion Counties,” Armistead noted.
State law requires an election decided by a margin of half a percent or less be counted again. The margin in the Bedford-Stutts race is roughly 175 votes, which is less than a half percent of the total number of votes.
“Although state law mandates a recount because of the closeness of the race, I firmly believe the recount will have the same result as the November 4 count and the November 12 provisional ballot count. Dr. Larry Stutts won this election fair-and-square and is the new state senator for District 6,” Armistead said.