SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Congressional candidate Wright McLeod wants a recount of the votes cast in last week's Republican primary for Georgia's 12th District.
McLeod, an Augusta attorney, asked the Secretary of State's office for a recount Wednesday after official returns showed him falling 584 votes short of advancing to a runoff between the top two finishers in the GOP primary. That's less than 1 percent of the total vote, a margin thin enough to guarantee McLeod a recount under state law.
The certified returns show Augusta businessman Rick W. Allen as the runner-up who will face state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown in a runoff Aug. 21.
The runoff winner will get the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Rep. John Barrow in the fall campaign.