Coin toss decides Al election, for now

Clay County’s race for sheriff comes down to the flip of a coin.

Coin toss decides Clay Co. sheriff election, for now

CLAY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - An election rarity in Clay County: the race for sheriff has been decided, at least temporarily, by a coin toss.

Jim Studdard and Henry Lambert each received 2680 votes after all the provisional votes from the November 6 election were counted. Lambert, the current chief deputy, provided a quarter, while Studdard, a current deputy and former chief deputy who ran as a Republican, called heads. Outgoing Sheriff Ray Latham made the toss.

Studdard won the coin toss.

This does not completely settle the election, however, as Studdard tells WBRC there will be a vote recount within 72 hours of Tuesday’s coin flip.

We asked Studdard about this unusual election.

“Blessed and thankful,” he replied. “It has been a clean race. Henry Lambert and I are friends and co-workers. I look forward to continuing to work together.”

WBRC reached out to Henry Lambert but he has not responded to a request for comment.

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