In a recount that started shortly after the May primary – the Indiana Recount Commission has determined the original count was spot on.
Attorney Sean Gorman was named the winner Thursday in the primary race against Jesse Kharbanda, Hoosier Environmental Council executive director.
“It feels good to be officially be done with the recount process,” Gorman wrote in a post on Facebook. “Thank you all for your support, and a special thanks to Trish Gorman, my campaign manager, wife, and best friend, for all the work she’s done during this process!”
The two Democratic candidates were on the May ballot for the vacant Senate District 36 seat, formerly held by Sen. Brent Waltz, R-Greenwood.
Kharbanda also spoke on Facebook and said he supports Gorman.
“The recount led to the discovery (and loss) of several votes for me and for my opponent — and appears to have preserved his 37-vote lead,” Kharbanda wrote. “This means that Sean Gorman will represent our Party this fall, and I wish him success.”
Kharbanda submitted a petition for a recount after initial vote counts declared Gorman the winner by a 0.4 difference, or just 37 votes out of 9,501 votes cast.
“This is first and foremost about making sure that it’s a fair and accurate and precise election,” Kharbanda said in early June. “We want to make sure every vote counts. That’s the fundamental foundation of democracy.”
Gorman will face Republican City-County Councilor Jack Sandlin in the November election.