The final results of Thursday’s recount maintains Eaves as the recipient of the most votes in this race as he lost five votes for a total of 22,929, while Robb Pitts gained seven votes for a total of 22,626. Eaves received a total of 303 votes more than Pitts out of more than 45,000 cast.
The unofficial results of the May 20th primary showed Eaves winning 50.4 percent of the vote and since the margin of victory was less than 1 percent, Pitts was entitled to request a recount according to state law.
Still, Pitts has hinted that he could challenge the results in Superior Court. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that an election consultant hired by Pitts is examining the results, including the possibility that long lines at one precinct led some voters to give up and not vote.
As it is for now, Eaves will face Republican Earl Cooper in the November general election.
“I want to again thank all of the voters who turned out at the polls and showed their support for my efforts on the county’s behalf,” said Eaves in an emailed statement Thursday. “My campaign team logged some long hours on my behalf and for that I am grateful and humbled. They should be very proud of the outcome their hard work produced.”