Prior to the recount, Woods received 199,453 votes and Buck had 198,740, a difference of only 713. After the recount, Woods had 199,441 votes and Buck had 198,741, a difference of 700.
Republican John Barge, who ran for governor in May, is vacating the post Dec. 31 when his term expires. Woods will face Democrat Valerie D. Wilson, who defeated Alisha Thomas Morgan with 54.4 percent of the vote in last week’s runoff.
Certification does not preclude the state from continuing any current investigations related to the primary or from pursuing any future allegations that may arise from the election.