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.

“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.”

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.

“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.”

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