Robert Schwartz isn't ready to crown himself the Republican nominee in state Senate District 6.

But the Springfield ballroom dance instructor said Wednesday that he's been getting congratulatory phone calls related to his tight race against Christine Ruck of Lebanon.

"We'll just wait and see what the final numbers are," said Schwartz, who had collected 50.8 percent of the 8,000 votes counted in the race as of Wednesday morning.

Ruck had 48.6 percent of the vote. She and Schwartz were separated by 174 votes, according to results released by the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. It typically takes several weeks for state officials to certify election results.

Schwartz said he is "super thankful" for support he received during his campaign.

Ruck, a first-time candidate who has testified on a number of bills before the Legislature, said Wednesday that she's not conceding the race.

She said Linn County elections officials told her that there still may be "a few hundred" absentee ballots left to count. An elections official confirmed that possibility.

The Republican nominee in District 6 will take on incumbent Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, in the November election. Beyer ran unopposed in the primary. He has served three terms in the state Senate.

Schwartz in 2016 ran against Democratic incumbent John Lively in House District 12. He lost while collecting 37.5 percent of the vote.

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