Recount Not Certain In Close Kansas House Primary

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Two candidates separated by eight votes in a Republican primary for a Kansas House seat aren't sure they'll ask for a recount after the results become official.

Incumbent Carl Dean Holmes and challenger Reid Petty, both from Liberal, said Thursday they're uncertain about a recount because most votes in Seward County are cast using an electronic touch-screen system.

They said they expect the count of votes recorded electronically to be accurate and don't think it would change in a recount.

Initially, results showed Petty ahead in the race by seven votes, 873 to 876. But figures posted on the Seward County clerk's website now show the count at 882 for Petty and 874 for Holmes.

The Seward County Commission will meet next week to review dozens of provisional ballots.

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