published Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Race too close to call in GOP runoff for Georgia schools superintendent

ATLANTA — The Republican primary runoff for state school superintendent proved too close to call Tuesday night.

Early, unofficial tallies showed longtime Irwin County educator Richard Woods with just over 50 percent of the vote against Michael Buck, the chief academic officer at the Georgia Department of Education.

Just over 700 votes separated the two candidates, less than 1 percent of the ballots cast.

State law allows a losing candidate to request a recount if the candidate trails by 1 percent or less.

The winner of the Republican contest will face Democratic nominee Valarie Wilson in the November general election. Wilson was the former chair of the school board in Decatur.

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