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Recount gives same results in District 3 race

Tommy Hunter

Tommy Hunter

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Tommy Hunter remains the winner in the District 3 commission race, after a recount Tuesday of last week's GOP runoff.

It took just more than two hours for county elections staff to retabulated the less than 10,000 votes cast in the Aug. 21 race, finding the exact same results, 4,580 to 4,523, leaving incumbent Mike Beaudreau 57 votes shy of winning a third term.

"It was just not meant to be," Beaudreau said as the results were tallied again.

He talked about changes made to his district in a reapportionment process, negative campaigning and a very low turnout -- less than 6 percent -- as reasons for the loss, which came three weeks after he came close to winning a majority during the July 31 primary.

"It was a perfect storm that happened," he said, adding the requirement for runoffs if a candidate does not receive 50 percent should be reconsidered by the General Assembly. "But that's the way the system works, for better or for worse. We have to respect that."

Beaudreau, who left from the elections office to a Board of Commissioners meeting, said he takes solace in the improvements he was able to work on during his eight years in office, including building libraries and road work such as the extension to Sugarloaf Parkway.

Seth Weathers, a political consultant who watched the recount on Hunter's behalf, said he did not mind going through the process.

"I'd do the same thing if I lost by 57 votes," he said. "But I'm very happy the results remained the same."

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gwinnettisgreat1 1 year, 11 months ago

So Mike lost twice?? Sweet.

Seeing him point to changes made in his district, low turn out and negative campaigning cracks me up. It tells me one more time the guy is out of touch. Mike, you lost because people don't support you and they would rather have anyone BUT YOU!

As the great Willy Wonka would say, "It's all there, black and white, clear as crystal, You Get NOTHING, You Lose! Good day sir!" LOL!!!!!

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HonestIngine 1 year, 11 months ago

Besides he's stolen enough money from us already....like we're going to elect him for another term? This is not Clayton County...and the electon board Chairperson is not the former Atlanta Public School Superintendent ...

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nicholson 1 year, 11 months ago

Somehow both of the judges in the two other races on the ballot managed to win convincing majorities in the runoff, so I am just not buying Mikey's low turnout excuse. In typical Beaudreau narcissism, he now wants the General Assembly to reconsider the 50% majority rule, because he lost a race he thought he would easily win. How dare those voters not reelect him!

I do notice he did not mention his socialist trash plan or the boondoggle stadium as improvements that bring him "solace". Mikey, do you think that your actions to increase the size of government might of had something to do with your defeat? The voters looked at your big spending, anti free market record and noticed it did not match up with your claim as a fiscal conservative. Another RINO bites the dust. Buh-bye, Mikey!

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

Just as I predicted. If the results had been different, it would have brought into question the viability of electronic voting and no official wanted that to happen. Even if their is a problem in the counting program, you would expect it to make the same mistake every time so this in no way validates our electronic voting without a paper trail to be able to check its accuracy.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

And your absolute idiotic response is just as predictable. But it didn't provide different results, and in fact, supported the original results. Get over it and get over yourself. In fact, if there was a remote chance that the program wasn't sound, something all of the candidates endorse, don't you think Mikey would be whining and crying like a little "Say_that_again" school room sissy over the results, instead of wanting to change the rules of the game? You wouldn't be singing this tune had your choice of a candidate won. He is a loser! You are a loser! Birds of a feather...

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Say_that_again 1 year, 11 months ago

Where did you get the idea that my candidate lost? I have stated numerous times that we need to vote out the all of the current commissioners. My criticism is of the basic idea of electronic voting without any physical proof that the machine has not been programed to falsify the results. If you believe that it is impossible to alter the program, you are naive. We are dependent on the security keeping the computers secured from hackers and the honesty of the few that have access and passwords necessary to setup the ballots. Since politicians daily prove their dishonesty through lies and untrue personal smears of their opponent, I don't have that much trust in them or their appointees.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Did Beaudreau question the integrity of the electronic voting? NO! But I suppose that they could be programmed to do so if it weren't for so many checks and balances, eyes and ears, software developers and testers in place. I don't believe anything is impossible. I do believe it is highly improbable. And I believe you are extremely naive to put so much trust in paper proof and human interpretation. I'll take the computer's interpretation over yours any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Computers don't make mistakes. People do. How big is that stick of yours you use to stir the pot so repeatedly?

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

Yes Gwinnett once again held a "Hanging Chad" free election...

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Wyoming1 1 year, 11 months ago

Dont worry mikey everytime i drive by that god aweful stadium of your i will think of you!! Good bye and good riddens!!! Lol

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ngwinnett 1 year, 11 months ago

Mike, please don't go away mad, just go away.

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SnellvilleEE 1 year, 11 months ago

Mike! You started out good. What happened to change you?

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SnellvilleEE 1 year, 11 months ago

If Mike had humbly accepted the voter’s rebuke, they might have given him another chance someday. Pitty.

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ThomasJefferson 1 year, 11 months ago

Let me make this easy for you, Mike. The reason you lost had nothing to do with changes in district boundaries, campaign tactics, or turn out. You lost because YOU changed.

In each of the last two elections, I had your campaign sign in my yard. Not this year. In the past, we openly discussed numerous topics by email, on the phone, and even in person. Not this year. Even when we did not agree, I understood your reasoning and the effort you put into your position. Not this year. You had no interest in discussing or explaining anything. You rolled your eyes, you played with your water bottle, and you would not reply to emails. You have no one to blame for the results but you.

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Kent 1 year, 11 months ago

Mike, you are so right proclaiming it was the perfect storm which lost the campaign for you. Enough citizens who were totally fed up with your being on the wrong side of the issues and not listening to their concerns went to the polls and voted your rino tail out of office. You effectively raised taxes on citizens by building excessive libraries and parks not needed which we have to pay for maintenance and staffing. But heck, it is so cool when you can use taxpayer money to buy votes. I live less than 10 minutes from 4 parks and 4 libraries. It is total overkill. Thanks for the stadium you claim is making money, the land deals you voted for, and that wonderful trash plan you and Charles forced on us. But according to you your loss was due to low voter turnout and negative campaigning. Just like Obama, everyone and everything else is to blame for your sub par performance. Then you have to insult the taxpayers even more with wasting their money on a recount. It takes a pathetic political hack to promote changing the voting laws after loosing which would have put them in office. If you had won by 57 votes the current law would have been just fine with you. You totally blew it Mike, it is your fault and finally you are getting what you deserve. There is Karma.

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CD 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow! And amen. But the hard work is yet to come: we must continue to hold the BOC accountable. If they do not perform, they must be shown the door.

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jack 1 year, 11 months ago

".....adding the requirement for runoffs if a candidate does not receive 50 percent should be reconsidered by the General Assembly."

Oh, and of course it should be retroactive!

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CD 1 year, 11 months ago

"Pathetic, pitiful, narcissistic, political hack." What a sendoff.

Sadly enough, the taxpayers will be suffering under the weight of the stadium debt and lack of competitive forces that will cause drastic underperformance and all the while massive overcharging while the selected trash haulers take it to the bank. And by the way, a bank deposit is the only thing the haulers will eventually make on a timely basis.

The taxpayer has really taken it on the chin from a man that abhors a free market and choice, detests responsible spending, and is absolutely clueless in dealing with the public.

But despite the serious issues MB has left the county to resolve, I believe that it is "Morning in Gwinnett". We have an opportunity to get our house in order. Let us take it.

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DavidBrown 1 year, 11 months ago

I hope everyone remembers that the 50% plus one requirement was originally enacted to keep Blacks from getting elected.

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Katrina 1 year, 11 months ago

I wondered why Georgia had runoffs. I had never voted in a runoff before moving to Georgia, as my previous state did not have them. I think they are a waste of time and money. Having said that, I am overjoyed that Beaudreau lost!

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

You got a source for that DavidBrown?

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Karl 1 year, 11 months ago

DavidBrown is 100% correct in his assertion regarding the majority requirement being in place to keep Blacks from getting elected. It is common knowledge. Please see: http://articles.latimes.com/1990-08-10/news/mn-191_1_majority-vote-requirement

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Bleudog 1 year, 11 months ago

That article is hardly a source. It is just some baseless claims citing information that is speculative at best.

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Karl 1 year, 11 months ago

I see your bigoted attitude precludes you from understanding truth and fact, Bleupuppy

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nicholson 1 year, 11 months ago

I agree with you Bleudog, kind of like all the articles written recently, claiming that requiring voter ID is somehow "racist". Interesting that its been 22 years since the cited article was written and obviously the Justice Department didn't have a strong enough case to get the law overturned. I am sure Eric Holder has it on his to-do list!

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Do you have a comprehension problem Karl? I specifically asked the question of DavidBrown; not you! Anyway, the LA Times isn't much of a source for anything accept lining a bird cage!

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Karl 1 year, 11 months ago

Awww, did someone prove you full of horse manure newsie???

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

My, aren't you just another of the dumb masses in here! This article is 22 years old Stupid! What you have managed to prove is that you cannot distinguish the difference between fact and opinion. It is a fact that we still have runoff elections which means, now pay attention here, that the assertion was completely baseless then, and for all intents and purposes, is completely baseless now. Do you have to work at being this stupid, or does it come naturally to you?

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nicholson 1 year, 11 months ago

So, David Brown, is Mike Beaudreau now claiming to be black? I do not see any connection between the history of the majority requirement and Mike losing this runoff. If anyone had an advantage going into this race, it was clearly the incumbent.

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Coolray 1 year, 11 months ago

Beaudreau is black! He comes from a rich Kenyian heritage. I think he's glad this has finally come out.

I have inside information that he is working with the Justice department to file a civil right lawsuit against the state claiming discrimination in this unfair "second primary."

Look for more on this next week after Mike finishes his meetings with Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Get ready Gwinnett its about to be on and poppin!

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Don 1 year, 11 months ago

Mike did you ever think that there was a poor turnout because no one really gives a damn about you! It was the Hunter people that wanted to see change and thank god for them.

So the recount was the same and now you want to change the rules. I have a clue for you Mike, the game is over and you loose. Can we change the way the stadium was crammed down out throats or the trash plan and have a redo.

I hate to say this but you are acting like a democrat! Oh, wait that what you have done while in office too.

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Katrina 1 year, 11 months ago

Karl's LA Times link led to an interesting article, written in 1990. At that time, only 9 states had runoffs, almost all were southern states. The article states that Georgia House leader Denmark Groover said that the law was passed in 1964 to dilute the power of the black vote. In any case, I think David Brown's comment was meant to show that the law of unintended consequences sometimes kicks in, that what was meant to thwart one voting bloc could also thwart another. The law should be repealed, not only because runoffs are a waste of time and money, but because of the original intent of the law. One thing that I think we can all agree on is that we are glad Mike Beaudreau lost, regardless of how it happened.

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