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."