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Austin candidate concedes when recount confirms large loss

Marian Clennon, the candidate for mayor in Austin who’d demanded a recount even after losing last week’s election by a very large margin, has conceded after a recount showed no change in the outcome.

Clennon has to pay for the recount because the race wasn’t close enough to qualify for a taxpayer-paid recount (such as the one shaping up in the governor’s race). She said she’s made a $350 down payment, the Austin Daily Herald reports.

“I have peace of mind now,” Clennon told the paper after the recount. “I will never wonder, ‘What if?’ ”

She lost the race to incumbent Mayor Tom Stiehm by 1,699 votes, or about 60-39 percent. She called to congratulate Stiehm after the recount.

Officials and election judges hand-counted votes from three of Austin’s precincts and found no change in the vote totals reported on Election Night.

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