Mecklenburg Chief District Judge Fritz Mercer – who appears to have lost his bid to keep a seat on the bench – on Monday asked for a recount.
Charlotte lawyer John Totten and Mercer are separated by 1,088 votes among 252,706 ballots cast.
Totten received 50.2 percent of the vote to Mercer's 49.8 percent.
Mercer was among four incumbent Mecklenburg judges ousted in seven contested judicial elections. Judges Todd Owens, Theo Nixon and Ben Thalheimer also lost.
Mercer, in an interview a few days after the election, expressed disappointment at the loss of the judgeship he's held since 1991.
“The voters made their choice,” he told the Observer. “I'm very appreciative for the 18 years I've had on the bench.”
Even so, Mercer said he would seek a recount. “I've got nothing to lose,” he said.
Michael Dickerson, director of the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, said he hopes to complete the recount this week.
“I've never had a recount change the outcome of an election,” said Dickerson, the elections board director since 1998.