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Jay Hovey beats Alabama Sen. Tom Whatley by a single vote

The Auburn councilman had been up by four votes after the May 24 primary, but provisional ballots remained to be counted.


Auburn City Councilman Jay Hovey beat incumbent state Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, by a single vote to represent Senate District 27. 

After the May 24 election results came in, Hovey was up by four votes, but provisional ballots remained to be counted. 

After those ballots were counted, Whatley gained three votes, Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Wahl confirmed for APR. Wahl said the party would certify the total on Tuesday, and Whatley would have 24 hours to file a challenge. 

APR’s attempts to reach Whatley and Hovey weren’t immediately successful on Tuesday. 

“We’re proud of the way Lee County in particular turned out for us,” Hovey told “I’m proud of the way our team and our campaign handled themselves throughout the campaign.”

Hovey is to face Democrat Sherri Reese in the general election in November.

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.



A rehearing will take place by phone on Thursday evening, giving the two sides one more chance to argue their case.


Hovey cites new information contained in an ALEA press release in his request for the rehearing.

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The party's candidate committee determined that Whatley and Hovey will draw lots to determine a winner.