Republican John Alexander defeated Democrat Tom Bradshaw by a mere 717 votes with all precincts reporting.
Bradshaw’s total puts him within the margin to request a recount, and his campaign says that decision will be made Wednesday. Alexander, however, declared victory.
The race was among the state’s most expensive spending exceeding $1 million. Voters were inundated with campaign mailers that painted Bradshaw as a lobbyist and Alexander as a “tea partier.”