Thomas wins Republican bid after recount
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Thomas wins Republican bid after recount

Date: September 13, 2006
By: Rachel Higginbotham
State Capitol Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY - Sandra Thomas was declared the winner in a ballot recount for the Republican state auditor primary Wednesday. The result was announced by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

The recount was requested by Rep. Jack Jackson (R-St. Louis County) after the Aug. 8 primary resulted in a difference of only 0.6 percent of votes between he and candidate Sandra Thomas. Thomas led the primary by 1,844 votes. State law allows the runner-up to request a recount if the margin of difference is less than 1 percent.

Thomas gained 28 votes in the recount process.

"We're really pleased with the outcome," said Thomas. "There were a lot of great candidates in this race, and Jack Jackson was a tough competitor."

Although Jackson requested that the recount be conducted by hand, the process was conducted through a combination of hand tallying, electronic counting and human review.

Jackson gained 66 votes in the recount, but it was not enough to secure a spot on the November ballot.

Jackson could not be reached for comment after the results were confirmed, but in an interview before the announcement, he said he didn't expect the recount to change much.

"I'm assuming based on [the Secretary of State's] informal comment that the outcome has not changed," he said.

"The first thing I need to do is thank the Secretary of State's office and all the people involved n the recount," he added. "I know it's a laborious and tedious task, and perhaps a thankless task in their eyes, but I really appreciate it."

Thomas, who is currently the Auditor for Platte County, will face Democratic candidate Susan Montee in the Nov. 7 general election.