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Official tally to spark recount

BISMARCK - The state Canvassing Board will make the results of the Nov. 4 election official today and that'll set in motion an automatic recount in the Jamestown state Senate race.

BISMARCK - The state Canvassing Board will make the results of the Nov. 4 election official today and that'll set in motion an automatic recount in the Jamestown state Senate race.

The recount will decide the fate of the current longest-serving legislator in the state.

Sen. David Nething,

R-Jamestown, leads his Democratic challenger, John Grabinger, by 12 votes. Nething was first elected to the Senate in 1966 and has been in office ever since, serving as majority leader from 1975-85.

Three other state House seats could be the subject of "demand" recounts after state election results are certified at today's meeting. Those contests, in Districts 6, 10 and 22, can go to a recount if the Democratic-NPL Party or candidates pay for the expense. Democratic candidates barely lost those races, by as few as 21 votes.

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Party Executive Director Jamie Selzler said Democrats haven't decided yet whether to demand recounts in the three House races. He said they will decide after the Canvassing Board meets.

The Canvassing Board meets at 2 p.m. today in Secretary of State Al Jaeger's office.

The Canvassing Board is Jaeger, state Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, Supreme Court Clerk Penny Miller and representatives of the Republican and Democratic-NPL parties.

Cole works for Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum. She can be reached at (701) 224-0830 or forumcap@btinet.net

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