With all but provisional ballots counted in the race for Alabama House District 102, the candidates are separated by less than 30 votes. Satsuma Police Chief Shane Stringer, with 2,564 votes, leads Call News Publisher Willie Gray, who currently has 2,539 votes.
Gray’s campaign spokesman Jon Gray, no relation, said the campaign would look toward the automatic recount and a count of provisional ballots in the race. Gray’s campaign seemed confident when he had an early lead during election night, but Stringer gained votes late.
Stringer said he and his campaign would wait until the provisional ballots are counted before claiming victory in the race.
Following the June 5 election, Stringer led the race with 3,106 votes. Gray had 2,810 and Belinda Shoub, who did not make it into the runoff, had just 453. Despite the interest in this race, turnout for Tuesday’s runoff was much lower than in the primary . Voters cast 1,293 fewer ballots on Tuesday.
Gray picked up a coveted National Rifle Association endorsement weeks before the election. He also was endorsed by state Sen.-elect Jack Williams, who previously held the District 102 seat.
Stringer picked up a late endorsement from Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran, and also earned the support of his former primary opponent Shoub.