Recount request denied in Thomson mayor race

THOMSON – The McDuffie County Election Board on Monday denied a recount request from Thomson mayoral candidate Delmar “Brink” Bradshaw.

The board also certified the re-election of Mayor Kenneth Usry.

Board Chairman Bill Beckham said five provisional ballots that were not included in the original total were upheld and counted after the board met Friday. Of those votes, three were for Usry and two were for Bradshaw. That brought the total to 597 for Usry, 579 for Bradshaw.

Elections director Kelvin Williams said because the margin was greater than 1 percent, the board was not obligated to conduct a recount. Williams determined the margin was 1.53 percent of the vote.

Williams also notified the board that an action has been filed in McDuffie County Superior Court contesting the results of the election.

Bradshaw confirmed to The Chronicle that he had filed that lawsuit.

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