June 21, 2007
ATLANTA (AP) - It appears another Republican will be the runoff opponent of Jim Whitehead in the Tenth Congressional District. Democrat James Marlow -- who trailed Paul Broun by just 187 votes in the race for second place -- issued a statement yesterday saying he had congratulated the two Republicans.
But Marlow, an Internet businessman from Lincolnton, stopped short of conceding. He said his campaign will watch the final returns come in. Military and overseas ballots must arrive by Friday to be counted in the race. The secretary of state must then certify the results within 14 days.
If Marlow trails Broun by a margin of one percent or less he could request a recount. Whitehead, a former state senator from Evans, led the pack of ten candidates with 44 percent of the 54,000 votes cast.
But he fell short of the more than 50 percent needed to win the race Tuesday. The runoff to replace the late U.S. Representative Charlie Norwood is scheduled for July 17th.