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Recount upholds results in two races
Confirms victory for Duncan, Murphy
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Forsyth County News

A recount Wednesday afternoon upheld the outcome of two Forsyth County state legislative contests in the July 31 primary.

The process confirmed the re-election of District 27 state Sen. Jack Murphy, as well as Geoff Duncan’s victory in the District 26 state House of Representatives race.

Neither man faces opposition in the General Election on Nov. 6.

Only the precincts in the districts involved in the recount were involved in the tally, with just one vote changing. Murphy’s opponent, Steve Voshall, saw his margin of defeat increase by one, to 114 votes.

Voshall and District 26 state House candidate Tom Knox had each asked the local elections board for a recount after their contests were decided by less than 1 percent.

“When there’s less than a half a percent, I think you’ve got to have a recount,” Voshall said. “The system worked and Jack got re-elected.”

“I’m happy to have been able to give the voters in Forsyth a choice. The election was very close, so I think that should send him a clear message that people expect him to get his issues resolved and start representing the county and get things accomplished here on probably our most pressing issue, which is water.”

Voshall received 49.8 percent of the total, or 13,176 votes. Murphy, who got 50.2 percent, or 13,290 votes, was pleased with the result.

“I welcomed the recount and this will hopefully satisfy everybody who voted for me and everybody that voted against me [about] who received the most votes. This should put it to rest,” Murphy said. “It’s a great system. It works.”

There was no change in the District 26 race. Knox, who fell to Duncan by 55 votes, was not surprised.

“I didn’t expect it would change very much, if at all,” he said. “I had no expectations, but I think it’s a good idea when you’re that close, you should have it checked.

“You spend a lot of time and put a lot of energy and a lot of work and effort into it, so it doesn’t hurt to make sure you get it all just exactly right.”

In the end, Knox received 4,452 votes, or about 49.7 percent, to Duncan’s 4,507, or about 50.3 percent.

Duncan said the recount was due diligence.

“We were obviously encouraged to see the election night results stood,” he said. “I had confidence in the elections committee and their processes and procedures.

“The hard part is now … as we begin drafting our legislative agenda.”

Barbara Luth, Forsyth’s elections supervisor, said the one vote that Voshall lost in the Senate race was a paper absentee ballot.

It likely resulted from how much the voter had filled in the bubble on the ballot. The machine that reads the ballot picks up a 40 percent filled bubble, she said, adding it likely went through one time but not the other.

“We will have to recertify the results for the secretary of state,” Luth said.