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 AL.com. “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.