Hovey leads by one vote in the Alabama Senate District 27 primary election

OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) — Every vote counts, as demonstrated in the Alabama Senate District 27 race as challenger Jay Hovey beat incumbent Tom Whatley by one vote after a provisional tally on Tuesday.

Election officials say the district’s draft ballot count results will be turned over to the state’s Republican Party for them to certify to the secretary of state’s office. Whatley has the option to request a recount.

Whatley and Hovey were neck and neck in the three-county district of Russell, Lee and Tallapoosa for Alabama State Senate District 27, separated by four votes, with Hovey leading on Election Day.

Twenty-eight certified provisional ballots in Lee County were counted by the Republican Party which may have votes in the District 27 primary. Of those, six votes went to Whatley and four to Hovey.

We are told there are no provisional ballots in Russell County that apply to this race.

Tallapoosa County had 15 provisional ballots — with two votes for Hovey and three for Whatley in the District 27 race.

It looks like Hovey won by one vote. We are awaiting a comment from Whatley to see if he will request a recount. Hovey tells News 3 he’s thrilled.

Keep in mind that if the two candidates had tied, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones would have tossed a coin to decide the winner.

If Hovey is certified as the winner, he will face Democrat and retired U.S. Army veteran Sherri Reese in the November general election.


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