A recount Friday morning showed no changes in the three-way primary for Bryan County Solicitor General.
The final results show Don Montgomery with 1,192 votes, Andrew Johnson at 1,113 and Chet Gregg at 1,105. Montgomery and Johnson now advance to the July 26 run-off.
“It was a good process,” Gregg said, having requested the recount. “It’s hard to come out on the bottom in such a close vote, but everyone ran a strong race and that’s a credit to the other candidates.”
Johnson said he and Gregg have been friends for 10 years and will continue to be so moving forward.
The two stood outside Elections Supervisor Cindy Reynolds’ office at the courthouse in Pembroke during the 2.5-hour recount, along with Nevin Patton of the Bryan County Board of Elections & Registration, Gregg’s law partner A.J. Balbo and Russ Carpenter, chairman of the Bryan County Republican Party. The group swapped stories about the history of southeast Georgia politics and speculated on the presidential election.
“The congeniality between Chet and Andrew was impressive,” Carpenter said. “I wish all elections and voting issues were handled with such harmony.”
Given how close the vote totals were — just 87 votes separated first place from third place — Carpenter also noted how “the saying that every vote counts has proven accurate.”
Gregg said he wishes Johnson and Montgomery the best of luck in July. For his part, Johnson said he is ready to get back to campaigning now that he knows he has advanced.
“It’s a different race now with two people,” he said. “I’ll have to take a look at what worked in the primary and get ready to keep working.”