NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Democrat Jeff Yarbro will ask for a recount of votes in the state Senate District 21 Democratic primary against veteran state Senator Douglas Henry.
Yarbro said in a statement Thursday that he will file a formal request with the Democratic State Executive Committee seeking an expedited recount.
“It is important to the voters and the candidates to know the final outcome of this election sooner rather than later,” Yarbro said. “It's time for candidates to show that these close elections can be resolved quickly without weeks of rancor, and I hope Senator Henry will join me in asking for expedited treatment of the recount.”
The Davidson County Election Commission said Monday that an unofficial calculation of votes shows Henry beat Yarbro by 13 votes in last Thursday's election.
The commission must certify votes on August 23.
Yarbro said he doesn't want the election to drag out for six weeks or longer and said that Henry's campaign has indicated they would not oppose a recount.
Yarbro said if Henry's lead holds up after the recount, he would concede.
“If Senator Henry's lead holds up following the recount, I will be the first to shake his hand and pledge my support,” the statement concluded, “but both candidates need to know the final result and make plans accordingly, and the voters need to know that the final result is accurate.”
- Aug. 9, 2010: State Sen. Henry defeats Yarbro in District 21 race
- Aug. 6, 2010: Henry-Yarbro matchup still too close to call