Under the Dome

Cook claims victory, asks for White to concede without recount

Republican Bill Cook is claiming victory over Democrat Stan White in the race to represenate state Senate District 1.

White had a narrow lead after unofficial results were released on Election Day, but after county election boards counted provisional ballots on Friday, Cook edged ahead by 32 votes.

That's enough for Cook to take a victory lap and call for an end to the race.

"The voters have spoken, and every vote has been counted," Cook said. "I call on my opponent to concede the race and save the cash-strapped counties the expense of a cumbersome recount. It serves no purpose to keep the voters in limbo about their new representation in the Senate."

White is well within the margin required for a candidate to request a recount, and he may do so yet.

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