Democrat Susan Evans announced Wednesday that she won’t ask for a recount in a close N.C. Senate race with Republican Sen. Tamara Barringer.
Evans was entitled to a recount because she trailed Barringer by less than 1 percent of votes cast. But with 1,000 votes, or 0.08 percent, separating the two candidates, a recount was unlikely to change the outcome.
“I will not be asking for a recount and have conceded the race to Ms. Barringer this morning,” Evans, a Wake County school board member, wrote on Facebook. “Thanks again to everyone who helped out with the campaign and encouraged me along the way. I am extremely proud of the race we ran.”
Barringer will now serve a third full term representing Senate District 17, which consists of southwestern Wake County, including parts of Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina.
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Wake County will still have a recount in one legislative race: The House race in which incumbent Republican Rep. Marilyn Avila trails Democrat Joe John by 391 votes. Avila is seeking a recount.
Outside the Triangle, another N.C. House race also has a recount. In a district that includes Pitt and Wilson counties, incumbent Republican Rep. Susan Martin has a narrow lead, which prompted Democrat Charlie Pat Farris to seek a recount.
In a third close House race in the mountains, Democratic Rep. Joe Sam Queen has conceded defeat to Republican Mike Clampitt, according to the Smoky Mountain News.