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Lawrence Co. provisional ballots to decide close race

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Just one vote separated Republican Norman Pool and Democrat Gary Bradford in the District 2 school board race. Just one vote separated Republican Norman Pool and Democrat Gary Bradford in the District 2 school board race.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Provisional ballots decided a close race in Lawrence County.

Just one vote separated Republican Norman Pool and Democrat Gary Bradford in the District 2 school board race.

It shows how sometimes every vote really does count.

A recount is still needed before the winner is officially declared, but as of now, the incumbent BOE member has taken the lead.

Going into Tuesday, elections officials did not know how many of the 52 Lawrence County provisional ballots were cast in District 2.

Turns out, there were six, and Bradford, who is serving his first six-year term on the board of education, got all of them.

As of Tuesday, Bradford has 1394 votes. Pool has 1389 votes.

The five-vote margin falls well within the half-percent or less difference that triggers an automatic recount.

"It's very important we have solid representation in District 2. And we have several projects going I'd like to see completed," said Bradford.

Friday, elections officials will re-check the math and certify the vote. There is one absentee ballot that will be added in. Then elections officials plan to begin the recount Monday.

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