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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

State Representative Carol Fullerton says she plans to challenge her loss to Darrel Ealum in the District 153 race.

She's raising questions about absentee voting.

Meanwhile, Darrel Ealum says he couldn't have won the District 153 race without his volunteers.

"It's a great day for our volunteers, it's a great day for the folks that worked in our campaign, and it's a great day for southwest Georgia," said Ealum.

Overall turnout was low, but Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson says they had an unusually high number of mail-in ballots.

"This is the highest number of absentees that we've done or processed during a runoff election," said Nickerson.

Ealum says his campaign worked hard to educate voters on absentee ballots.

"We had over a thousand people that agreed to submit a ballot, and of course they mailed them out, and of course the next part of our phase was early voting. We immediately turned around and started knocking on those same doors and asking people hey can we get you to early vote," said Ealum.

But Fullerton questions the high amount of absentee ballots. She told us last night she plans to look at avenues to challenge the results.

"We will be asking for a recount, because we are in the limit for that and we will also be adding to that the things that we have been collecting throughout the race for about how he's collected absentee ballots," said Fullerton.

Nickerson says workers verify all mail-in ballots.

"We date and time stamp them upon receiving them and then our process is to actually see if that person is a registered voter, after that we are required to verify their signature on file," she said.

Voters must also sign an oath on the back of the envelope.

"I can understand why Carol is disappointed, trust me, I've been there, I've lost some campaigns in my life, and I can understand my disappointment but this is a proud day for southwest Georgia.'

Ealum will take office in January. He says in the meantime, he'll stay busy finishing out his service on school board and getting to know more people in District 153.

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