CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Despite a razor-thin margin, there will be no recount in the 35th District House of Delegates race.
Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick said Delegate Bobbie Hatfield had 48 hours to request a recount after Kanawha County Commissioners completed their canvass of votes on Tuesday. That window expired at 10:07 a.m. Friday and Hatfield never filed for the recount.
On election night, Hatfield trailed Republican challenger John McCuskey by just 64 votes.
There were still more than 500 provisional ballots in the 35th District left to count, however. During this week's canvass, Hatfield picked up 89 previously uncounted votes. McCuskey picked up 66, narrowing the race to just 41 votes.
Following the canvass, McCuskey told the Daily Mail he would not be surprised if Hatfield called for a recount with so few votes separating the two.
But Hatfield was undecided.
"Right now, I'm tired," she said Tuesday. "I'm going to think about this and talk to some friends about it."
Hatfield would have had to pay for a recount. She would have had to put up an initial $300 bond and pay for the costs of the recount, which McCormick estimated would be less than $1,000.
But if the recount changed the outcome of the election, the county would foot the bill and refund Hatfield's bond.
McCuskey went to the county courthouse Friday morning to see if Hatfield filed for a recount. He was excited to learn she did not, and planned to phone Hatfield to express his thanks.
"I think this serves to prove what I've been saying: She is an excellent public servant, somebody who understands the ramifications of the recount," he said. "This is an honorable move and one she needs to be commended for. She's really lending some credence to the whole process."
McCuskey said he did not think a recount would have changed the results of the election
A message left for Hatfield was not immediately returned Friday morning.