Foil to face runoff against Thompson after second recount

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A second recount of absentee ballots in the Senate District 16 race has provided new results. 

Franklin Foil is said to now have received a total of 605 votes which is one vote up from the previously recorded 604 votes.

Rep. Steve Carter now has a total of 448 votes which is three votes less than the 451 votes he was previously reported to have.

Once the certification board of supervisors signs off, Foil will face Thompson in the Nov. 16th runoff election.


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.

Foil asked for a recount of all votes, but then resubmitted his request to ask only for a recount of absentee paper ballots. The recount is expected Thursday.

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