Anderson still leads Allen after 12th District vote certification

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 7:28 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 1:06 AM
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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp certified the results of the 12th Congressional District runoff Tuesday, with Lee Anderson still leading Rick Allen, and Allen still requesting a recount.

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Two of Georgia's 12th Congressional District candidates (from left to right) Rick Allen and Lee Anderson listen in a debate in the River Room at St. Paul's Church off Reynolds Street on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwell/staff  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Two of Georgia's 12th Congressional District candidates (from left to right) Rick Allen and Lee Anderson listen in a debate in the River Room at St. Paul's Church off Reynolds Street on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwell/staff

Anderson, a Grovetown farmer and state representative, received 13,785 votes (50.29 percent), while the total for Allen, an Augusta businessman, was 13,626 votes (49.71 percent), according to the final tally. The 159-vote difference was two more than what was reported after the Aug. 21 runoff.

“We just wanted to verify the results, with everything so close, to make sure it was counted properly, and that the people’s voices were heard,” said Allen’s campaign manager, Scott Paradise.

The total included overseas military voters who were allowed an extra week to return absentee ballots, which today will begin the recount . The Secretary of State’s Office expects it to be finished Thursday.

Anderson’s communications director, Ryan Mahoney, issued a statement Tuesday that “Lee Anderson welcomes the support of Rick Allen, Wright McLeod, and Maria Sheffield in his efforts to send Barack Obama and John Barrow home.”

While Anderson has received endorsements from McLeod and Sheffield, who finished third and fourth in the primary, the Allen campaign wasn’t quite ready give one Tuesday, Paradise said.

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wildman
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wildman 09/05/12 - 03:26 am
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Where is Lee Anderson? No

Where is Lee Anderson? No sightings since the runoff. Has he disappeared or is he in debate training?

Tullie
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Tullie 09/05/12 - 04:01 am
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Debate Training

Wildman, I hope he is in debate training. I don't know if he can avoid it as he did when running against Allen.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/05/12 - 05:08 am
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VOTERS?

Where are the dang voters----Columbia county......where are you!

brendadale
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brendadale 09/05/12 - 07:20 am
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It is time for Republicans to stick together

It is time for true Republicans to come together and vote for Lee Anderson. If you are still unhappy with the results, get over it and stick together.

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