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November 7, 2012

McDowell hasn't conceded congressional race

TRAVERSE CITY — Former state Rep. Gary McDowell has not conceded his race for the 1st Congressional District and will wait for county boards of canvassers to certify election results before determining his next step.

The Associated Press reported incumbent Republican Dan Benishek edged McDowell by less than 1 percent to win a second term. The lead seesawed back and forth throughout the night Tuesday as vote counts slowly trickled in from the sprawling 1st District. Benishek had a small, 300-vote lead at about 2 a.m. today and closed with a 2,297-vote victory out of more than 346,000 votes cast.

McDowell questioned the AP count, citing issues with absentee, provisional and military ballots and problems with the vote tally in some counties.

County boards of canvassers likely won’t finish certifying election results until the middle of next week.

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