July 25, 2007
ATLANTA (AP) - The way is clear for Athens doctor Paul Broun to be sworn in as Georgia's next congressman.
Former state Senator Jim Whitehead said that he will not ask for a recount of votes in last week's runoff -- in which he lost to his fellow Republican by just 394 votes.
Whitehead said he learned that a recount could take up to a week, and the people of the district have been without a federal representative long enough. Congressman Charlie Norwood died in February.
Broun called Whitehead's decision "good news." He said he already had several calls from people seeking assistance from their congressman, so it's time he got to Washington.
Earlier in the day, a spokesman for Governor Perdue said that he had decided to hold off on signing official paperwork declaring Broun the winner. But without a recount, there is no reason not to forward the paperwork to the House.