Republican Bill Cook has claimed victory in the race to represent District 1 in the state Senate after a recount gave him an 18 vote lead over incumbent Democrat Stan White.
According to results released by the state Board of Elections, 43,733 votes were cast for Cook and 43,715 for White. The race was the closest in the state this election cycle.
"The votes have been counted and recounted," Cook said. "I have won again. I see no point in my opponent attempting to continue this race and I call on him to concede the contest."