(AL.com) — Roy Moore isn't ruling out asking for a recount in his failed bid for the U.S. Senate.
That doesn't mean it will happen or is even allowed, however.
Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday night by some 20,000 votes - 650,436 votes, or 48 percent, to 671,151, or 50 percent. Moore has refused to concede the race to Jones, saying he will wait until all provisional and military ballots are counted and the race is certified.
According to Secretary of State John Merrill, the final results will be certified no earlier than Dec. 26 and no later than Jan. 3. Moore hopes the margin is close enough - under 0.5 percent - to trigger an automatic recount.
"Realize when the vote is this close, it's not over," Moore told supporters Tuesday night. "And we still got to go by the rules about this recount provision. It's not over, and it's going to take some time."
If Moore is allowed to request a recount, it will be at his expense and that could be considerable.
Merrill told Fortune the cost of recount would be between $1 million and $1.5 million and the total amount must be put up when the request is made. Moore's most recent financial report showed he had about $636,000 cash on hand.
It's also unlikely the Alabama Republican Party - which backed Moore even after the national GOP temporarily suspended its support - would be willing to help fund a recount.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan issue a statement after Jones' win saying "the race is over."
"While we are deeply disappointed in the extremely close U.S. Senate election results, with our candidate Judge Roy Moore, we respect the voting process given to us by our Founding Fathers," Lathan said.