11/6/18 - Marietta - A steady steam of people vote at the Noonday Baptist Church in Marietta. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Reps. Price and Teasley seek recounts of Georgia House elections

The two closest elections for the Georgia House of Representatives are heading for recounts.

State Reps. Sam Teasley and Betty Price, both Republicans, lost re-election by narrow margins, according to initial results. Georgia law gives losing candidates a right to a recount if their margin of defeat is less than 1 percentage point.

In all, Democrats gained 13 seats in the Georgia General Assembly as a result of this year’s election.

Teasley, R-Marietta, trailed Democrat Mary Frances Williams by 173 votes.

“I was committed to running a positive campaign because I am convinced we need more civility in politics. My request for a recount is made with the same mindset,” said Teasley, who was first elected in 2010. “I am grateful to Mary Frances for her tone in this campaign.”

Price, R-Roswell, was behind Democrat Mary Robichaux by 150 votes. Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron said Price is seeking a recount.

Price was elected to the House in a 2015 special election after state Rep. Harry Geisinger died.

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