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Alabama Elections Chief: "Unlikely" Senate Outcome Changes

Alabama's election chief says it is "unlikely" that the outcome of the state's U.S. Senate race will change even as Republican Roy looks to a possible recount.

Posted: Dec. 13, 2017 6:32 AM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's election chief says it is "unlikely" that the outcome of the state's U.S. Senate race will change even as Republican Roy looks to a possible recount.

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Alabama law triggers an automatic recount if the winner's margin of victory is less than half of one percent.

Democrat Doug Jones led Moore by more than 1.5 percent on late Tuesday.

Secretary of State John Merrill said there are three types of votes yet to be counted that could potentially alter the margin: overseas ballots mailed in by military personnel and others; provisional ballots where there is a question on whether the person is qualified to vote; and write-in votes.

Merrill said it's his observation that recounts rarely alter results significantly.

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