While the election results are unofficial, it appears Meagan Hanson will hold on to razor-thin victory over Alan Cole in the Republican runoff for House District 80.
Unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s office shows Hanson winning by 29 votes in the July 26 runoff in which fewer than 1,600 people showed up to the polls. Hanson received 777 votes to 748 votes for a slim win of 50.95 percent to 49.05 percent.
Cole has called Hanson to congratulate her on her victory and is not going to ask for a recount.
“The Alan Cole campaign wishes Meagan Hanson good luck in November. We will not ask for a recount,” according to a statement issued July 27.
Hanson will face Democratic incumbent Taylor Bennett in the General Election on Nov. 8.
“I appreciate [Cole’s] concession call and congratulations,” Hanson said. “I plan to meet with him in the future and discuss how we can unify our voters to take on the Democrat in the fall.”
Hanson said the vote was “truly a squeaker” and appreciated all those who came out to vote. She said she believes that James Carter, a Democrat operative, felt it necessary to send out a misleading flyer in the HD 80 GOP runoff to try to divide Republicans.
“It is really important all Republicans come together,” she said. “We saw how the Democrats are concerned about Taylor Bennett’s vulnerability and felt the need to intervene to try to divide us before the General Election.
“Now we need to work to make sure all Republicans show up in the fall to vote to make sure you have your voice heard in the fall, and to have someone who will represent their values in the General Assembly … someone who truly represents the values and principles of our constituents in District 80,” Hanson said.
Hanson said she wants to bring fiscal conservatism and limited government values to the Gold Dome. “We need someone standing up for free enterprise and small businesses so they can compete in this day and age,” she said.
HD 80 includes parts of Brookhaven and Sandy Springs with results coming in from DeKalb and Fulton counties. DeKalb and Fulton will certify their results on Friday, July 29, with the Secretary of State’s office expected to certify the final results by Aug. 8, according to Jessica Simmons, spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s Office.
There are still a few votes left to count. In DeKalb County, there are five military votes to count and one provisional ballot still to count, according to county spokesperson Andrew Cauthen.
A Fulton County representative could not be immediately reached on July 27 to find out how many outstanding ballots remain to be counted in the HD 80 runoff.