Clemens defeats Bernard by 34 votes. Recount aheadby Andrew Abramson | August 15th, 2012
Jeff Clemens defeated Mack Bernard in the State Senate race by a grand total of 34 votes out of more than 24,000 votes cast. However, a recount — required when a race is determined by a half percent — will come as soon as Friday
Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said she has told the canvassing board to return Friday at 1 p.m. for a recount that could go into Saturday. However, Bucher said a change in state law last year requires that the secretary of state has to call the recount. Bucher said she spoke to state officials today and they would not commit to a Friday recount.
“We made them aware that we made arrangements to have the canvassing board available Friday at 1 p.m.,” Bucher said. “Their comment was not they were not sure if they could turn it around quickly enough for Friday.”