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August 1--  A runoff election for the Republican primary in the 12th Congressional District will pit Augusta building contractor Rick Allen against Grovetown farmer and former state representative Lee Anderson.

Late election returns were received Wednesday according to the Georgia Secretary of State's office.

19 of 19 Counties Reporting

Percent Votes
25.70% 15,434
34.24% 20,558
24.73% 14,850
15.33% 9,206






Allen edged out Augusta attorney Wright McLeod by 584 votes. McLeod's campaign issued a statement regarding a potential recount.

"After the results are finalized, we then have two days to request a recount. At this time, we are leaving that option on the table. I must consider whether or not a recount would be in the best interest of the voters of the 12th District. Our campaign recognizes that requesting such would provide a "trust but verify" approach to the election results and allow us all to move forward," the statement said.

The runoff election will be held August 21.  The winner will face incumbent Democrat Congressman John Barrow in November.