Broun is certified as winner

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It's official.

 

Paul Broun won the runoff election with Jim Whitehead to represent Georgia's 10th Congressional District by 394 votes, the Georgia Secretary of State's Office said Monday.

But Mr. Whitehead's campaign said he intends to ask for a recount.

"Since the vote difference was less than half of 1 percent, we think it's prudent to do the recount," John Stone, Mr. Whitehead's spokesman, said Monday.

Dr. Broun said he doesn't think a recount will make any difference and plans to be sworn in Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C., and go to work.

"We have not had a congressman since February," he said. "There are many needs the people of the 10th Congressional District have.

Dr. Broun said he wanted to assure the people of Augusta that he will be "very eager" to work on problems that concern them.

"I want to work to grow Fort Gordon, MCG and SRS and do the things we need to do to foster economic development of the CSRA," he said. "I will be Augusta's congressman. They should not have any worry about my representing their interests."

Dr. Broun plans to open offices in Athens, Augusta and Toccoa, he said.

The Secretary of State's office certified the election results Monday. They showed that Dr. Broun drew 23,529 votes to Mr. Whitehead's 23,135.

The losing candidate is allowed to request a recount if the margin is within 1 percent.

Mr. Whitehead, a former state senator from Columbia County, won the July 19 special election to fill the late Charlie Norwood's seat with 43.5 percent of the vote. Dr. Broun edged out Democrat James Marlow with 20.7 percent of the vote.

Clearly the front-runner, Mr. Whitehead also raised and spent more money than Dr. Broun.

"All I can tell you is it's the hand of the Lord that put all the pieces together," Dr. Broun said when asked how he won. "I ran a grass-roots campaign with a message of status quo, Whitehead, versus someone who is going to work for positive change for the people of the district.

"We put together a coalition of Republican activists, Democrats, Aftican-Americans, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, small business and working individuals that are eager to have representation in Washington."

Dr. Broun expressed confidence that he could hold those voters through next year's election.

"I will not compromise my principles, but I will work to find common-sense solutions to bring about the needed changes in government that I believe the American people are wanting," he said.

Secretary of State Karen Handel transmitted the certified results of the election runoff, along with Dr. Broun's certificate of election, to the governor's office Monday. The governor will submit the results to Congress.

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