As of Friday, August 3, 2012
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COVINGTON -- District 5 Republican candidate Jared Rutberg missed the chance to be in a runoff by just 26 votes, but he won't be asking for a recount.
A total of 2,483 ballots were cast in the District 5 Republican primary. Ronnie Dimsdale and Levie Maddox received the exact same number of votes -- 740 -- or 29.8 percent -- and will be heading to a runoff.
Rutberg received 714 votes, or 28.76 percent, a difference of 1.04 percent. That's just four-tenths of a percentage point over what Rutberg needed to be entitled to request a recount.
In addition to votes tallied Tuesday night, there are three provisional ballots, but none are for District 5, according to Board of Elections Director Donna Morrison.
"I'd rather lose now than in the runoff," Rutberg said Wednesday. "I'd like to thank everyone for their great support and for running a clean campaign."
There were four candidates in the Republican primary -- Wesley Dowdy trailed far behind with 11.64 percent, or 289 votes.
The runoff between Dimsdale and Maddox will take place Tuesday, Aug. 21.
The winner will face Marcello Banes in the November general election.