Gwinnett County residents cast their votes during the Georgia primary elections at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church in Duluth on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Recount requested in Gwinnett County commission chairman’s race

Democrat Curt Thompson, who finished third in the primary race for chair of the Gwinnett County Commission, has requested a recount.

Thompson finished 20 votes behind Lee Thompson Jr. The second-place finisher will face Nicole Love Hendrickson in an August runoff. She had more than 49% of the vote, but did not get enough votes to win outright.

Curt Thompson said he chose to request a recount because of the number of hand-marked ballots and problems on election day.

“A 20-vote margin is worth looking at,” he said.

Thompson was not the only candidate eligible to ask for a recount. Candidates have until Tuesday afternoon to request recounts.

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