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Rep. Mary Franson

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Franson has 12-vote lead after recount in House District 8B

  • November 29, 2012 - 7:21 PM

The recount is over in House District 8B, leaving state Rep. Mary Franson with a 12-vote lead over her DFL challenger Bob Cunniff.

Franson, a freshman Republican from Alexandria, picked up one extra vote Thursday when Otter Tail County recounted its ballots. In the end, Franson had 4,799 votes in Otter Tail to Cunniff's 3,790 votes.

Cunniff's attorneys are challenging four of the Otter Tail County ballots, and the campaigns also challenged one vote each in Douglas County. But the combined challenges wouldn't be enough to hand Cunniff the win in the state's closest election of 2012.

Franson led by 11 votes Wednesday, after Douglas, her home county, wrapped up its recount. She won the election by a single vote, but picked up 10 more after a court ordered Douglas County to discard dozens of ballots after a polling place error.

The recount results are unofficial until the state canvassing board meets at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4. By law, there is the possibility of a court challenge to the election results.

JENNIFER BROOKS

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