MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Republican congressional candidate Stewart Mills said he is backing off plans to request a recount in the eighth district.

Mills said he doesn’t want a recount after all, calling the estimated $102,000 cost “excessive,” WCCO’s Pat Kessler reports.

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“I send my congratulations to Congressman Nolan,” Mills said. “We did not always agree on everything, but I respect the Congressman, and wish him the best as he moves forward representing the 8th Congressional district.”

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Incumbent Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan beat Mills by more than half a percentage point on Election Day.

Mills said he will donate part of the recount cost to Salvation Army.

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“In the end the cost estimates of this recount in terms of volunteer time and expense was excessive, instead of spending financial resources to recount votes, I’ve decided to donate a portion of that to the Salvation Army,” he said. “Also, any donations made to my campaign for a recount will be refunded in full to those individuals or if people choose to, they will be added to my donation to the Salvation Army.”