MADISON, Wis. -

Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard said he is still deciding whether to pursue a recount in his recall election that preliminary results show he lost to Democrat John Lehman by 779 votes.

The outcome of the race will determine which party controls the Senate.

Wanggaard said in a statement Wednesday that he intends to closely monitor the canvass of votes and then evaluate whether to pursue a recount. He said there were a number of outstanding absentee ballots and voting irregularities.

Lehman is up 1.09 percentage points based on the unofficial returns.

The county's board of canvassers has until June 15 to submit the canvassed totals. Once the last report is in, the candidates have three business days, or June 20 at the latest, to ask for a recount.