Georgia GOP race for school superintendent headed for a recount

The Georgia GOP race for state schools superintendent is headed for a recount at the request of challenger Mike Buck, the race’s potential loser.

Buck requested a new tally of his contest after Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp certified the results Tuesday of last week’s primary runoff elections.

Kemp’s action essentially makes the runoff elections tally official, including Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue’s tight win over U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston. His action also started the clock on any recount requests, which must be made within two business days.

With no incumbent running, Buck — the state’s current chief academic officer for the Georgia Department of Education — trails Irwin County educator Richard L. Woods by 713 votes out of more than 398,000 cast. It only takes a 1 percent gap to enable a recount request. The race’s current outcome is well within that margin.

According to Kemp’s office, the recount will be completed by noon Thursday. A complete listing of runoff results can be found on the secretary of state’s website,

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