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OKLAHOMA CITY – A retired university professor who trailed his opponent by just 40 votes in a Democratic runoff election for an Oklahoma congressional seat is seeking a recount in the race.

Democrat Tom Guild filed a petition for recount in his race against former state Sen. Al McAffrey, who led by 40 votes out of more than 16,000 cast.

Guild paid $2,700 for a manual recount of the ballots in Oklahoma and Seminole counties, where most of the votes were cast. He says he sought the recount at the urging of his supporters, who raised about $2,800 since Tuesday to pay for the effort.

Guild says he didn’t have enough to also pay for a recount in Pottawatomie County, where Guild won with 58 percent of the vote.