LANSING (AP) – The state Democratic Party has discovered enough vote counting errors and inconsistencies in the attorney general’s race to lead it to think a Gary Peters victory is possible, Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer said yesterday.
The differences aren’t firm enough for the party to know yet if it wants to ask for a recount in the race between Peters, a Democratic state senator from Bloomfield Township, and his Republican opponent, Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Mike Cox of Livonia, Brewer said.
Cox on Tuesday named the director of his transition team and said his 5,198-vote lead over Peters made him the winner, regardless of what the Democrats decide.
But Brewer said it’s too early to declare victory until the votes are certified Monday by the Board of State Canvassers and the two sides decide if they will ask for any of the votes to be recounted. Both sides have up to 48 hours after Monday’s meeting to ask for a recount.
“We believe we have found enough votes to turn the race around if we ask for a recount,” Brewer said yesterday. “We found enough uncorrected errors at this point that it could alter the outcome.”