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."
The eight counties that comprise the district performed recounts to verify the results, and Cook's lead narrowed from 32 to 18.
But unless there is some type of legal challenge by White, Cook will represent District 1 starting in January.
"I am grateful for the continued support from the voters and my GOP colleagues that helped observe this recount," Cook said.