Recount under way in judicial race

Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:30:39 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 17 2012 03:09:00 PM EDT
Judge Brian Davis
JACKSONVILLE, FLa. -

A recount began Friday in the Tuesday election for 4th Judicial Circuit, Group 1.

Incumbent Judge Brian Davis received 50.3 percent of the vote in a four-way race, but he needed 50.5 percent to avoid triggering an automatic recount.

If Davis were to fall below 50 percent in the recount, he would face the candidate with the next highest number of votes -- Melina Buncome -- in a runoff.

Buncome received just over 24 percent of the vote.

The circuit covers Duval, Clay and Nassau counties, so all three are recounting the ballots and must report to the state by 3 p.m. Sunday.

Even if Davis maintains over 50 percent of the vote, he would be on the ballot in November because of write-in candidate Gerald Wilkerson qualified in the race.

This entire election might be rendered moot because Davis was nominated earlier this year to be a U.S. district judge in Florida’s Middle District. It is unclear when Congress will hold a confirmation hearing for this and other spots on the federal bench.