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Lewis Won't Request Recount, Concedes Bibb DA's Race

After saying Friday she planned to request a recount, Sharell Lewis says she changed her mind and Saturday conceded the race to opponents Greg Winters and David Cooke.

Certified results from three counties show Lewis 40 votes away from a spot in a runoff in the Macon Circuit district attorney's race. State law allows Lewis to request a recount, since the margin is less than 1 percent.

She says, even before the results were final, she posted a note on her campaign web site saying she'd request a recount whether she was ahead or behind, because "A prosecutor's job is not to win at all cost, it's to seek the truth."

Lewis says she changed her mind and decided not to request a recount late Friday night, saying "With technology the way it is, I don't think the numbers are going to change."

"It's time to just move on," Lewis said Saturday. She thanked supporters, and says the focus from this point forward should be on Winters and Cooke, and letting the voters decide between them in a runoff.

Bibb, Peach and Crawford counties certified their results from Tuesday's election, including their count from the three-county DA's race.

The updated numbers show Greg Winter in the lead with 22,008 votes, David Cooke with 12,041, Lewis with 12,001 and Greg Bushway with 8,850.

That gave Winter 40 percent of the vote; Cooke, 21.93 percent; Lewis, 21.86 percent; and Bushway, 16 percent.

New votes counted since Tuesday increased the margin between Cooke and Lewis to 40 votes, less than a tenth of a percent.

Because nobody took a majority of the vote, the race is headed to a runoff between the first- and second-place finishers.










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