Isner likely won’t request recount in 13th District race

Published 11:12 am Wednesday, June 8, 2016

By Josh Bergeron

SALISBURY — Vote totals in the 13th Congressional District’s Democratic Party primary aren’t technically final, but it seems unlikely that results will change.

Greensboro developer Bob Isner, who finished just 112 votes behind first-place finisher Bruce Davis, says he won’t request a recount unless final, official election results show a significant change. In Tuesday’s complete but unofficial results, Davis received 4,694 votes across the 13th District. Isner received 4,582 votes. The totals equate to 25.71 percent of the vote for Davis and 25.1 percent for Isner.

“At this time I am not requesting a recount,” Isner said in an email. “I am letting the process play out and wait until the election is validated. I have talked to Bruce Davis about my position and he appreciated the call.”

In a follow-up email, Isner said he doubts the final, official election results will show a significant change. If his prediction comes true, Isner won’t request a recount.

Isner finished about 500 votes ahead of third-place finisher and Greensboro resident Adam Coker, who received 4,098 votes. Fourth-place finisher Mazie Ferguson received 2,943 votes. Fifth-place finisher Kevin Griffin received 1,938 votes.

A recount would involve Rowan, Davidson, Davie, Guilford and Iredell counties.

Isner will have until next week to request a recount. Before the deadline for a recount, boards of elections will finalize results in a process called canvassing. Rowan County’s canvass, for example, is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Provisional and remaining absentee ballots could change the results. A change is unlikely, according to numbers provided by boards of elections on Wednesday morning.

Excluding Davidson County — which hadn’t yet totaled its provisionals on Wednesday morning — the 13th District has a total of about 50 provisionals outstanding. Some of those provisionals may be ballots cast for the Republican Party primary in the 13th District, which would lower the total.

Before election results are finalized, boards of elections will evaluate the provisionals and determine whether each ballot can count.

Outstanding absentee ballots would be another way final results could change. That number is unclear. Mail-in absentee ballots must have been postmarked by Wednesday. They must be received by Friday.

Gun shop owner Ted Budd handily won the 13th District Republican Party primary. If results hold up, Budd would face Davis in the November general election.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.