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Bourdeaux concedes District 7 congressional race
7th district candidates
The race for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District is between Incumbent Rob Woodall, a Republican, left, and Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux.

The race for Georgia's 7th Congressional District is officially over after Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux conceded the race on Wednesday afternoon.

Bourdeaux's concession came a day after state election officials granted a recount request by her campaign for District 7, which contains the majorities of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. 

“I am grateful to every person who supported me along this journey. While we didn’t get the outcome we had hoped for in this election, we achieved an incredible amount,” Bourdeaux said in a news release. “This campaign was about more than me; it was about building community and working for change. We moved the needle in this district more than anyone thought possible. I congratulate Congressman Rob Woodall on his re-election and wish him all the best in his work on behalf of the people of the 7th Congressional district.”

Official results, certified by the Georgia secretary of state Saturday, showed Bourdeaux trailing Woodall by 419 votes out of 280,411 cast. Georgia law allows a recount if the margin between the candidates is 1 percent or less.

Bourdeaux previously said she was asking that all paper ballots, such as absentee and provisional ballots, are counted by hand and that observers be allowed to monitor.

Forsyth County had 66,101 ballots cast for the race, of which 3,511 were absentee and 48 were provisional.

In Forsyth County, Woodall earned about 68 percent of the vote (44,887 votes) to Bourdeaux's 32 percent (21,181 votes).

County officials said results of the recount will be certified at a special called meeting on Monday.

Bourdeaux's concession means Woodall will serve a fifth term for the seat he has held since 2011. 


- Brian Paglia and the Associated Press contributed to his report.