Hatchett Releases Statement, Claims Victory in State Senate Race

Seven of the eight counties that make up State Senate District 50 have certified results from last Tuesday's runoff between Bo Hatchett and Stacy Hall. Stephens is the only county yet to certify its results.

But that was enough for Hatchett to declare victory today in a released statement:

"With all of the votes accounted for, we have won by a 37-vote margin. I am grateful to the election commission staffs who diligently made sure every vote was counted. Though a recount has been requested by my opponent, our campaign has no reason to believe that a recount would alter the outcome of this race. One week has already passed since election day, and more will pass before we will have results from a recount. We feel that it would be a disservice to our party to sit idly by over the next few weeks, and we feel led to begin our work fighting to turn out the Republican vote in November."

"With that being said, I would like to thank everyone who volunteered on my campaign and for all the support I've garnered from around the district. I would like to thank my wife, Ashley, who I could not have done this without. She was my biggest supporter and kept our family going while I spent many days and nights on the trail. Lastly, I would like to thank God for allowing me the opportunity to campaign for this seat and for guiding me through every decision during it."

"I am extremely appreciative to the voters in Georgia’s Senate District 50 for voting me to be the Republican Nominee for Senate District 50. Please join me in doing everything we can to turn out the Republican vote this fall to make sure we re-elect our President."