BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — One Republican candidate headed to an unusual three-person Louisiana state Senate runoff election is asking for a vote recount.
State Rep. Franklin Foil filed the request Tuesday with the East Baton Rouge Parish clerk of court.
Foil initially had an eight-vote lead over Republican Rep. Steve Carter for the second-place spot in Saturday's primary. But the secretary of state's office said Foil's lead evaporated after local election officials found problems with the scanning of mail-in absentee ballots and rescanned them.
Foil and Carter then tied for second place, with both slated to reach the Nov. 16 runoff against Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson.