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Shafer will not seek runoff recount in lieutenant governor's race
Geoff Duncan to face Democrat Amico in fall
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Georgia Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Geoff Duncan makes a campaign stop at the Saucehouse BBQ restaurant as he kicks off his statewide RV tour in Athens, Ga., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

After a close race to be the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, state Sen. David Shafer will not ask for a recount.

Last week, Shafer earned 49.86 percent of the statewide vote in the runoff, finishing about 1,600 votes shy of winner Geoff Duncan, who received 50.14 percent of the vote. 

Though state law allows candidates to request a recount if the results are closer than 1 percent of total votes, Shafer said in an email to supporters on Tuesday he had “no plans to ask for one.”

“First, I do not believe that retabulating the electronic voting machines will change the outcome,” Shafer said. “Second, with the general election less than 14 weeks away, it is time to unify behind our Republican nominees.”

Duncan also released a statement on Tuesday praising Shafer for his campaign and thanking him for his time in office.

“Primary elections are tough family discussions and my election with David was no different,” Duncan said. “David was a tough as nails, talented opponent who ultimately made me a better candidate. David’s selfless action allows our campaign to immediately focus on winning the general election against a liberal Democrat who won her primary more than 10 weeks ago.”

Duncan previously represented Forsyth County’s District 26 comprised of east and north Forsyth in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017, when he stepped down to run for the lieutenant governor seat. 

He will face Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico this fall. 

Shafer said in his release that his “heart hurt” for those who volunteered to take part and offered thanks for their support. While Shafer didn’t mention Duncan in the six-paragraph release, he said his focus is now on getting Republicans elected this fall.

“I have spent my entire adult life helping build our Republican Party and that work will continue,” he said. “I have spoken to Brian Kemp and offered my support to him and the Republican ticket. As I have done in every election since I have been old enough to vote, I will be working hard for a Republican victory up and down the ballot.”

Duncan said he needs that kind of support heading into November. 

“Let me be clear, it will be extraordinarily difficult to win in November without David Shafer and his supporters,” he said, “and I look forward to working together over the next three months to unite with the ultimate goal of defeating an energized and very liberal Democrat base.”

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