Kingsport GOP challenger won't contest loss

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- A challenger to state Rep. Tony Shipley for the Republican nomination in House of Representatives District 2 says he will not contest the election.

According to the Kingsport Times-News, the unofficial results showed incumbent Shipley with an 11-vote victory over Ben Mallicote in the primary earlier this month.

The count certified Tuesday showed Shipley with a 10-vote margin: 3,405 votes compared to Mallicote's 3,395 votes.

Shipley's win was thanks to absentee ballots.

Mallicote said in a statement to his supporters that he decided not to contest the election because he didn't think he could make a case strong enough to compel the State Executive Committee to reverse the outcome.

Shipley, who is seeking a third term, will face Democrat Bruce Dotson in the November general election.

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