A close race in the Democratic primary for state labor commissioner could end in a recount. With all precincts reporting, unofficial returns show Darryl Hicks leading longtime state lawmaker Terry Coleman by 526 votes out of more than 331,000 cast in Tuesday's primary. That's a margin of less than one percent, which allows Coleman to petition for a recount.
Coleman said he may request a recount once the Secretary of State's office has certified the vote. Hicks ran on his more than 20 years experience working for the parent company of Atlanta Gas Light. Coleman is a former Georgia House speaker. The winning Democrat will face Republican Representative Mark Butler in the general election. Democrats have held the office of labor commissioner since it was created in 1938.