Recounts are relatively quick for the state to administer, according to three elections lawyers interviewed Friday by the AJC, since most votes are cast electronically and can be easily be reprocessed. Absentee and provisional ballots take slightly longer to tabulate.
But recounts rarely change election results by substantial margins.
A spokesman for Woodall did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the Lawrenceville Republican urged for voters to unify on Thursday evening .
“We must turn our attention from elections to service, from those things that divide us to those things that make us stronger,” he said shortly after Gwinnett County certified its election results. “The next two years are full of opportunity for our community, our State, and our Nation.”
While relatively common at the local level, it’s been years since Georgia held a congressional recount. Part of that is because most of the state’s congressional districts are drawn to favor one party and are rarely competitive in general elections.
Two of the last congressional recounts came in 1992, when then-Congressman Newt Gingrich edged out primary opponent Herman Clark. A recount that same summer also helped propel former U.S. Attorney Bob Barr into a U.S. Senate primary runoff with Republican Paul Coverdell.
The Bourdeaux announcement came minutes before Democrat Stacey Abrams announced she was ending her gubernatorial bid.
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