Floyd County Clerk Chris Waugh and the Floyd County Board of Elections spent just over an hour yesterday morning recounting vote totals across the 12 precincts in District 1 and reported no changes.
The recount was called for by Gerald Derossett, a former magistrate who was one of those challenging incumbent and first-term magistrate John Goble.
Goble won the primary election on May 19 with Derossett finishing a close second, falling short by only 45 votes. Goble finished with 1,443 votes and Derossett 1,398.
“I’m just thankful for the people who voted for me,” Derossett said just before the recount Thursday, adding that he felt one particular precinct had caused him the most trouble, perhaps even the entire election. “It was Buffalo that lost me the election.”
In the Endicott/Buffalo precinct, Derossett garnered only 10 votes to Goble’s 72.
Of the 12 precincts, Goble won five, while Derossett carried the remaining seven. However, in two of the precincts, Derossett topped Goble with five and three votes in the Richmond and Porter precincts, respectively.
In two precincts, Auxier and Cow Creek, Goble won 93 more votes and then 157 more votes, respectively. Derossett’s strongest finish came in the Jim Banks precinct, where he received 120 more votes than Goble.
Goble arrived late to the recount yesterday and made his way over to Derossett, offering a handshake, only to be rebuffed as the two exchanged words briefly before settling back in to hear the rest of the recount.
“I’m not shaking hands with you,” Derossett told Goble. “You’re nothing but a liar.”
Goble wasted little time in responding to his former challenger before taking his seat, saying, “Well that’s the pot calling the kettle black.”
Once the final count was made and reflected no changes, Derossett said he planned to contest the recanvass, but did not elaborate further.