Republican Mark Harris conceded the 9th District congressional primary Monday after a recount failed to give him enough votes to overtake incumbent GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger.
The recount gave Harris two additional votes, apparently shaving Pittenger’s margin to 133 in the state’s closest U.S. House primary.
“Although disappointed in the ultimate outcome, we can rest assured that every vote cast has been accounted for and the result confirmed,” Harris, a Charlotte pastor, said in a statement.
“I have personally spoken to Congressman Pittenger and would like to also publicly congratulate him on his victory in this race. It’s no secret that this was a hard-fought campaign, but I hope for his success in November.”
The recount also cost third-place finisher Todd Johnson a single vote in Union County.
“We had full faith in the election process and are happy our victory was verified,” Pittenger said in a statement. “We must now come together as Conservatives to defeat the Democrat’s liberal agenda in the 2016 election.”
Pittenger faces Democrat Christian Cano in November.