Daron Lee, Bob Wilbanks Challenge Election Results

Warner Robins mayoral candidate Daron Lee and council member Bob Wilbanks both say they will challenge Tuesday's election results.

Tuesday's results say Lee came in third place in the mayor's race behind Randy Toms and Joe Musselwhite.

Toms earned 24.6 percent of the vote. Musselwhite claims 22.9 percent of the vote. Lee came in less than a percentage point behind Musselwhite with 22.2 percent of the vote.

That put him 45 votes behind Musselwhite.
Lee says he has contacted an attorney to take the next step in the challenge. He has scheduled a 5 p.m. meeting with his campaign team.

Lee told 13WMAZ's Lorra Lynch Jones that he believes 76 absentee ballots are missing and uncounted. He also said the precinct totals in the mayor's race don't add up.
And in the council Post 4 race, Wilbanks apparently finished more than 300 votes behind Tim Thomas. But Thomas avoided a runoff by just one vote.

Wednesday afternoon, Wilbanks said, "I would look like an idiot if I didn't ask for a recount on one vote."

His main concern is that people were on unclear on where to vote.

He's said he has not yet talked to elections supervisor Kathy Cummings to request the recount.

In a news release Wednesday, Cummings said the recount will begin at 10 a.m. Friday.

She said there was no errors found in the election, and she was scheduling the recount on an "abundance of caution."

She wrote: "The Superintendent (myself) has the authority to call for a recount, which I have done. It is not being called because there is any errors suspected or found. It was a close race and there are some rumors going around that have absolutely no truth in them. Abundance of caution is always called for and I want the citizens as well as the candidates to feel confident regarding the election process and the outcome."


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