State Senator Finney calls for recount of Sevier votes

State Sen. Raymond Finney, R-Maryville, has filed a petition for a recount of Sevier County’s votes in the Thursday primary election, which initial results indicate he lost to state Rep. Doug Overbey.

The 8th District, which Finney has represented since 2004, comprises Blount and Sevier counties. Election results show that Finney carried Blount by 1,196 votes but lost Sevier County by 1,335.

That means Finney lost the primary by 139 votes out of more than 21,000 cast.

Finney said Monday he had filed a petition with the Tennessee Republican Party for a recount.

“I only have a few days to file the petition,” he said. “I wish I had a week or so to look at some things.”

Finney said some of his supporters in Sevier had indicated that “there may be irregularities” in the vote that may be “serious enough to affect the outcome.”

“I don’t know if anything will come of this, but there are several things of concern to me,” Finney said.

He declined to be more specific about what the irregularities might be.

Finney said he will discuss his concerns with officials of the state GOP and “we’ll see where we go from there.”

The winner of the Republican primary will face Independent Ira Lapides in the November general election. There was no Democratic opposition.

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