Coroner race may go to recount

Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower holds a 210 vote lead over challenger Ricky Weeks but the race probably won't be decided until an automatic recount is completed Monday or Tuesday, an election official said Wednesday.

With all precinct counted except the provisional and military ballots, Thrower had 50.8 to 49.1 percent for Weeks. The vote count was 6,294-6,084.

"I feel great," Thrower said today. "My spirits are up. They are not going to go down." Ricky Weeks, a former deputy coroner, was not available for comment.

Nancy Boren, director of the office of Elections and Registrations, said Tuesday's election will be certified Friday. An automatic recount of the coroner's race will be held within two business days of the certification, probably Monday or Tuesday, she said.

The election also forced an Aug. 5 runoff between Vernon Jones and Jim Martin in the race for U.S. Senate, Boren said.0716 coroner