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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma congressional candidate who demanded a recount after he lost an election by just 40 votes has dropped his fight.

Oklahoma election officials say Democrat Tom Guild asked that the recount be stopped Wednesday in the Democratic primary runoff election for Oklahoma’s heavily Republican 5th Congressional District.

Guild sought the recount after the Aug. 23 election had him trailing state Sen. Al McAffrey by 40 votes out of more than 16,000 cast.

State Election Board spokesman Bryan Dean says Guild requested the recount be stopped after he lost three votes in the partial recount and McAffrey picked up one.

The results will be certified Thursday.

McAffrey will face Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, who’s seeking a second two-year term, and Libertarian Zachary Knight in November’s general election.