TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – After 24 days of waiting to see which Alabama State Senate District Six candidate would come out victorious in northwest Alabama, a new state senator has been sworn into office.
UPDATE: Larry Stutts won the race, as confirmed by the official state recount on Monday, December 1. Stutts had 17,643 votes to Roger Bedford’s 17,573 – a difference of 70 votes.
Official recount totals:
+1 for Stutts
In the chill of the fall air, Larry Stutts, State Senator Elect for District Six, was sworn into office Friday morning on the steps of the Colbert County Courthouse.
Surrounded by family and supporters, Stutts took the oath of office presided over by Colbert County Circuit Judge Hal Hughston.
“It was a very long and close campaign and election,” Stutts stated afterwards. “I didn’t realize at the time that it had been so long. But, one of my daughters pointed out that we first started this in April.”
After the election was canvassed by the State Elections Board this week, Stutts was declared the winner over incumbent Roger Bedford.
In an election with over 35-thousand votes cast and counted, Stutts received 67 more votes than Bedford.
Due to the margin of victory in the race, an automatic recount has been ordered and will take place on Monday in Montgomery.
According to Stutts, he believes the recount will end with the same results.
“We’ve been certified by the Secretary of State’s office. All the votes have been counted. All the provisional ballots have been counted. All the absentee ballots have been counted, and the votes have been certified as accurate,” Stutts explained. “So the recount should merely be a formality.”
And Stutts said if he wasn’t confident the votes will stand, he wouldn’t have been sworn in Friday morning.
After the recount is completed on Monday, incumbent senator Roger Bedford could contest the election.
Then it would be up to the courts to decide who the winner of the Alabama District Six Senate seat.