A Republican candidate for Baltimore County executive has asked to recount ballots after he lost the party's primary by a margin of only 18 votes.
Tony Campbell, of Towson, made the request Thursday, according to county election director Katie Brown. Following the June 24 primary election, Campbell barely trailed candidate George Harman, of Reisterstown.
"It is important for citizens in a democratic republic to know that their votes count," Campbell said in a statement.
More than 20,000 votes were cast in the race, and because the margin was so slim, officials did not finish counting all ballots until Monday. Candidate Gregory Prush was a distant third.
In a recount, officials must manually count images of votes cast on touch screen voting machines, as well as all absentee and provisional ballots, said Brown, adding that she does not yet have a timeline for how long the process will take.
Under state election law, because the margin of difference between Harman and Campbell was less than .1 percent of the total vote, Campbell is eligible to request the recount without incurring the costs for it.
The winner of the Republican race faces Democratic incumbent Kevin Kamenetz in November.