Provisional Ballots Delay Result In GOP Lt. Governor Race

Voters cast ballots in Georgia.

There is still no clear winner in Georgia’s Republican runoff for Lieutenant Governor.

Unofficial results show former State Rep. Geoff Duncan leading State Sen. David Shafer by just over 1,741 votes after Tuesday’s runoff vote, but there are more provisional ballots than separate the two candidates.

A survey of five Metro counties shows at least 2,511 provisional ballots still need to be counted and added to the total by 5 p.m. Friday.

Because the margin separating the two candidates is smaller than one percent, David Shafer can request a recount of the vote once it has been certified by the Secretary of State’s office.

His campaign said it is looking at the provisional ballot situation.

Meanwhile Geoff Duncan did send out a tweet this week that says “We Won.”

The large number of provisional ballots in the five counties is due to a federal ruling involving voter registration deadlines for federal run-off elections, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

Last year a judge ruled that voter registration needs to stay open after the first round of a primary, if there is a runoff scheduled months later.

Counties have until 5 p.m. Friday to count their provisional ballots.

Here are the remaining provisional ballots by county.

Fulton: 979

Cobb: 734

Dekalb: 539

Gwinnett: 235

Forsyth: 32