Mike Buck

Mike Buck

Former Rome High principal Mike Buck on Thursday lost the Republican primary recount for state schools superintendent.

The recount, requested by Buck, gave Richard Woods the win with 199,441 to 198,741 votes — a margin of 700.

The recount barely moved the July 22 outcome. The original numbers gave Woods the win by 713 votes.

The July 22 election gave Woods 50.09 percent of the vote. Buck garnered 49.91 percent. The recount failed to change those percentages.

Floyd County’s numbers changed, but only because provisional ballots were included. Buck won Floyd County 3,103-1,017, said Evon Billups, the county’s elections supervisor.

“I want to thank my supporters from across the state,” Buck said. “My supporters did a terrific job and I’m very appreciative.

“It’s a reminder to all of us, I think, that every vote does count,” he added.

Buck said he intends to continue serving students. He’ll continue as State Schools Superintendent John Barge’s lieutenant until both of the Floyd County residents leave office, and he’ll help with the new administration’s transition.

Woods will face Democrat Valarie D. Wilson in the November general election.

Buck said he’s interested in the superintendent opening at Rome City Schools. Current superintendent Jeff Bearden will leave the position this month.

Buck previously served as that system’s assistant superintendent. “I will certainly consider applying to that position,” Buck said.