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November 21, 2002

Cairo-- Eight Southwest Georgia counties re-counted votes Tursday for the Senate District 11 race, but the recount doesn't change the outcome.

John Bulloch won again against Incumbent Harold Ragan, but three fresh lawsuits are pending in court. Senator Harold Ragan says the recount held up. “I would like to win on a recount of course, but if the integrity is there in the system, I think we all win.”

Of all eight counties involved, five reported no change. The other counties lost and gained a few votes. In the final count, John Bulloch won by 72 votes.

“I felt an obligation to do it myself and the folks who suported me during the election,” Ragan said. On November 5th, Ragan got 14,830 votes, he gained two in the recount. Bulloch started with 14,906 votes and lost two.

But Ragan filed a lawsuit Wednesday against three split district counties, Mitchell, Thomas and Colquitt. “Doesn't have anything at all to do with the recount,” he said.

It has to do with the voting. “When you redraw lines you creat possibility people won't be placed in the right district.” Senator Ragan says his legal council has evidence of more than 500 voters who were mistakenly given the wrong district ballots.

Court dates have not been set. According to Secretary of State officials, if the lawsuits are not settled by the Inauguration Day on January 13th, Bulloch will be inaugurated.

posted at 5:09PM by dave.miller@walb.com