Wright McLeod was still in third place after Georgia Secretary of State certified primary results Tuesday in the District 12 Republican congressional race, but the Evans attorney still has yet to concede a spot in the Aug. 21 runoff.
McLeod trails Augusta businessman Rick Allen by 584 votes. He has not asked for a recount.
McLeod spokeswoman Holly Croft said he was unlikely to announce any decision late Tuesday afternoon.
Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Kemp issued a statement certifying the results and McLeod was still in third place, ahead of Maria Sheffield, who on Monday endorsed Lee Anderson, the top vote-getter in the July 31 primary. McLeod is allowed two business days after the results are certified to request a recount, permitted when the difference between his total and Allen’s is less than 1 percent of total votes cast.
The second-place finisher will face Anderson, a Grovetown farmer and state representative who carried 34 percent of the redrawn district.