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Citing lack of resources for recount, Todd Halbur concedes auditor race to Rob Sand

"My campaign unfortunately lacks the resources and manpower to conduct a legitimate recount in this statewide race," Halbur wrote in a Facebook post Friday.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Visit this link for complete 2022 election results or text RESULTS to 515-457-1026.

Ten days after Election Day, Iowa's state auditor race has come to a close. 

Republican challenger Todd Halbur announced Friday on Facebook that he conceded the race to incumbent Rob Sand because the "State GOP organization and their leadership team have failed to provide any support and resources" for a recount. 

His post reads in part: 

"This leaves me with no other option than to abandon this recount effort just as the State GOP organization has abandoned my campaign.

I want to thank my family, friends and volunteers for all of their support throughout this campaign."

Sand, a Democrat, won with 600,719 votes, while Halbur secured 597,826 as reported by the Associated Press. 

Republican Party of Iowa Communications Director Kollin Crompton told Local 5 that the Iowa GOP has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars and hours of manpower to assist all candidates.

His statement reads in part:

"At the same time, successful candidates knock doors, attend events, talk to voters and raise money. Hard working candidates win elections. We are proud of the work our team put in this year and look forward to defeating Rob Sand in his next election.”

Sand tweeted that he and Halbur had a "kind and cordial conversation" about Halbur's choice to concede.

"Back to work, Iowa. Let's do this," the post reads.

Sand is the lone Democrat elected to statewide office in 2022. The offices of attorney general and treasurer are now held by a Republican after Brenna Bird and Roby Smith respectively knocked off longtime Democratic incumbents.

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