ATLANTA -- Geoff Duncan has declared victory in a razor-thin GOP lieutenant governor's race over state Sen. David Shafer.

Duncan said Wednesday Shafer was not demanding a recount.

"The runoff election to determine who would become the nominee of our party was a fierce, competitive battle that was decided by 1,597 votes out of the 559,333 votes cast," Duncan said. "Because the outcome fell within 1%, David had every right to request a recount. By not requesting a recount, David put the interest of the party and the taxpayers of Georgia chose party before himself, and for that I thank him."

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Duncan will face Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico in November, in the second race on a fall general election ballot that includes the nation's most watched governor's race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams.

“Primary elections are tough family discussions and my election with David was no different," Duncan said. "David’s selfless action allows our campaign to immediately focus on winning the general election against a liberal Democrat who won her primary more than 10 weeks ago.

“It will be extraordinarily difficult to win in November without David and his supporters, and I look forward to working together over the next three months to unite with the ultimate goal of defeating an energized and very liberal Democrat base.”

On Wednesday, former president Barack Obama endorsed both Abrams and Amico in their races.