SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - Joe Leibham -- who lost the Republican 6th District U.S. House primary by just 219 votes -- will not seek a recount.
That means Glenn Grothman can start campaigning against Democrat Mark Harris for the state's only open congressional seat in November.
Leibham and Grothman are both Republican state senators from east central Wisconsin.
Leibham said Friday afternoon that he reviewed the primary results and consulted with his family before deciding not to seek a recount -- which could have started next week in the 11 counties which make up the 6th House District.
Leibham would have been given a free recount, since his margin of defeat to Grothman was less than one-half of one-percent. It was one-third percent -- the closest margin for a Wisconsin House election in 44 years.
Leibham said he ran because of a frustration over what he calls the federal government's "inability to address or resolve any of the major issues or challenges that are confronting our country."
Leibham said he wished Grothman well. He also said he was hopeful that we'll see, in his words, "some positive changes real soon."
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)