Macon Councilman Larry Schlesinger defeated fellow council member Henry Ficklin by 26 votes in a recount of last week's runoff.
Schlesinger received 1,711 votes to Ficklin's 1,685, the same exact total which was certified last Friday.
Ficklin asked for a recount because the margin was less than 1 percent.
Board of elections officials started the recount Tuesday around 10 a.m. Ficklin was there watching the count, and questioned the board members about the process and the security of the ballots.
"From the beginning of this election with people not being in the correct districts, people who couldn't vote for the candidates they wanted to vote for. All of those things add up but we see what they've added up to me being 26 votes short," says Ficklin.
Mike Kaplan, who represented Schlesinger's campaign at the recount says the rabbi was the underdog from the beginning, since District 2 is overwhelmingly African-American.
Schlesinger, along with the other new officials, including a mayor and nine commissioners, are scheduled to take office Jan. 1.
Ficklin has five days to decide whether to challenge the process in court. He hinted to 13WMAZ that he may also consider running for office during the 2014 election cycle.