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Solicitor General recount Friday; run-off is July 26
Chet Gregg
Chet Gregg.

A recount in the solicitor general primary election is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, according to Elections Supervisor Cindy Reynolds.

The margin between Andrew Johnson and Chet Gregg for second place in the three-way primary  grew by one vote last week after the absentee military votes were counted, but only eight votes separate the two.

The night of the May 24 primary, unofficial vote totals showed Johnson leading Gregg 1,111 to 1,104 votes. Only four provisional ballots arrived by mail last Friday, Reynolds said, with two votes going to Johnson and one to Gregg. The other vote went to Don Montgomery, who led the primary with 1,191 votes. He will face the second-place finisher in a July 26 run-off. Johnson now has 1,113 votes and Gregg has 1,105. None of the other primary races were close enough to be impacted by the provisional ballots.

Reynolds said challengers have two days after votes are certified to ask for a recount in writing. During the recount, voter cards are uploaded and counted again, a process that takes about two hours, Reynolds said.

Also slated for the July 26 run-off will be Karen Krupp and Audrey Singleton, the top two vote getters in the three-way primary for school board vice chair. Early voting runs July 5-20.

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