There was no such candidate in the race.
Also on Friday, the Fulton County election board announced it was moving ahead with the recount. In a statement, the board said there was no provision under state law that allowed the process to stop after it had been initiated.
Dove on Saturday told the board it should have rejected English's request for a recount. Under state law, the board can only consider recount requests from candidates ineligible for runoffs. Monday's certified results made both candidates eligible.
“On the basis of the certified returns on Monday, no candidate received 50 percent of the vote,” Dove said.
He also said the board could not unilaterally order a re-certification of the votes or a recount.
Without a recount, it’s not clear whether the board would have been able to recertify the vote. About 80,000 people cast ballots in the race. English lost by less than 400. The recount gave him an additional three votes.
After the hearing, Dove declined to describe any additional action English might take.
Asked if he was heading to court, Dove said: “We’ll see.”
Until recently Dove served as chief of staff to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, whose agency oversees elections in the state.