BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Ballots will be recounted next week after a candidate was certified the winner of a Mississippi legislative race by a single vote.

News outlets report that Biloxi City Councilwoman Dixie Newman was certified Wednesday as the winner over state Rep. Scott DeLano in the Republican primary for Senate District 50 in Harrison County.

The primary was Aug. 6, and the Senate seat is open because longtime Republican incumbent Tommy Gollott did not run again.

DeLano has requested the recount and he says resolving the race could take several weeks.

Both candidates say they want to make sure the process is handled fairly and the will of the voters is determined.

The winner of the Republican primary will hold the Senate seat the next four years because no other candidate ran.