Recounts over, state certifies House, Senate winners
- Blog Post by: Jennifer Brooks
- December 4, 2012 - 4:53 PM
The recounts are over the state has certified the winners in the last two disputed Legislative races in Minnesota.
Democrat Kevin L. Dahle won the state Senate District 20 election, the state canvassing board concluded Tuesday. The board also certified that incumbent state Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, won reelection in state House District 8B.
Both races were decided by mere handfuls of votes. Dahle edged out Republican candidate Mike Dudley by 71 votes out of more than 41,000 cast. During the recount, Dudley picked up six more votes and Dahle lost one.
The final vote tally in Senate District 20 was 20,627 votes for Dahle and 20,556 for Dudley.
On election night, Franson led Democratic challenger Bob Cunniff by just one vote. She picked up 10 more after a judge ordered election officials to discard 35 ballots as a result of a polling place error. During the recount, Franson picked up two more votes and Cunniff picked up one.
The final vote in House District 8B was 10,642 votes for Franson and 10,630 for Cunniff.
Under Minnesota law, any election decided by a margin of less than one-half of one percent triggers a recount at taxpayer expense. Neither race affects the balance of power in the state Legislature. Democrats have won majorities in both houses.
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