A report by the Associated Press Wednesday showed Wadsworth winning with 4,099 votes to Baughn’s 4,043.
The head of the state Republican Party must certify primary results by noon on June 13. Until then, all results are unofficial.
Wadsworth, a Winston County resident and an attorney with offices in Arley and Sulligent, said he was pleased with the outcome of Tuesday’s election.
“I think the voice has been restored to the people of District 14. My goal is to help small towns, and our 14th District is composed of all small towns,” Wadsworth said. “The legislature has forgotten about rural Alabama, and hopefully rural Alabama can be restored.”
As for the residents who fall under the umbrella of the 14th District, Wadsworth said they can expect their new legislator to “work hard and do the right thing as the case may be, and one of the particular things is to restore funding to education that was pulled out by the passage of the Alabama Accountability Act.”
Wadsworth and his wife, Virginia, have three children and one grandchild. A previous article in the Eagle said Wadsworth’s great-grandfather was the first postmaster in Arley and that his grandfather was the road commissioner who began a family retail business that is still in operation by members of his family.
According to the AP, primary candidates can request a recount if they lose by a margin of one-half of 1 percent.
There are no automatic recounts in primary races.
When asked if he expected Baughn to challenge the results of the election, Wadsworth said, “I don’t have an opinion on that. I don’t think there’s anything to challenge. I think the people have spoken.”
Baughn could not be reached for comment as of press time Wednesday.