State Sen. Raymond Finney on Tuesday night called off his demand for a recount of the Sevier County votes from the Aug. 7 election.
State Rep. Doug Overbey had fewer votes than Finney in Blount County but won the election when he beat the one-term senator in the Republican primary in Sevier County. The overall totals gave Overbey 139 more votes in the primary than Finney.
Overbey represents State House District 20, Maryville, and Finney serves State Senate District 8, Blount and Sevier Counties.
The night of the election, Finney did not concede and vowed to ask for a recount. Twelve days later Finney had changed his mind and said he wasn’t going to pursue the recount.
“It would cost at least $6,000 to pursue it, so I’m just going to drop it,” he said late Tuesday night.
Finney said he was through with politics. “I’m out of political campaigns forever. I went down there with the right motives and worked very hard and was completely honest and completely open,” he said of his time in the State Senate. “Apparently that wasn’t good enough for the majority of voters.”