MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — More than two weeks after the November election, and it appears the race for Hennepin County Sheriff is over.

Sheriff Rich Stanek had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file for a recount, but The Star Tribune reports he declined to do that.

He lost by more than 2,300 votes to Dave “Hutch” Hutchinson, a margin of less than 1 percent, and while he congratulated Hutch on the win, he also told WCCO-TV he was exploring all options.

A recount would have cost Stanek $95,000.

Hutchinson takes office Jan. 8.

Stanek has been Hennepin County sheriff for 12 years. Hutchinson, a Metro Transit sergeant, will take office Jan. 8.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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