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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Buck opts out of recount

  • Despite rumors to the contrary, Samson “Sam” Buck said Friday he had made the decision not to ask for a recount of the votes in Tuesday’s general election that will put Tommy Hardin, R-Madill,  in the District 49 House Seat when state legislators are sworn into office Nov. 16.


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  • Despite rumors to the contrary, Samson “Sam” Buck said Friday he had made the decision not to ask for a recount of the votes in Tuesday’s general election that will put Tommy Hardin, R-Madill,  in the District 49 House Seat when state legislators are sworn into office Nov. 16.
     
    As Tuesday night’s election results rolled in, precinct tallies showed Buck, D-Marietta, the incumbent, in a neck-and-neck race with his challenger. Final vote counts gave the election to Hardin, but with less than 40 votes separating the two. Late Tuesday Buck told The Ardmoreite he was not wiling to concede victory to Hardin.
     
    “I’m going to have to think about it — think about what I want to do,” Buck said.
     
    Friday Buck said he had decided not to ask for a recount, nor challenge any possible election irregularities.
     
    “I do want to thank all of my supporters for their faith in me and their hard work,” he said, announcing his decision.
     
    However, Buck said his decision concerning the 2010 election was not a reflection on his goals.
     
    “This doesn’t mean I’m going to disappear from public service,” he said.
     
    “While I’m looking forward to returning to farming and ranching —  fixing some fences and returning to my law practice, I’m also going to be considering all my options.”
     
    Asked whether those options included another run for the District 49 seat, Buck said, “I’m going to be looking at the political climate and considering the possibilities, which includes both the legislature and perhaps a judicial seat.
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