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Angie Wieck, Published November 07 2012

ND House Dist. 24 recount possible

A recount is possible in the race to fill two open seats in North Dakota House District 24.

In complete but unofficial results from Tuesday’s election, Democrat Naomi Muscha, 58, of Enderlin, received 26.11 percent, or 3,254 votes, followed by Republican Dwight Kiefert, 55, of Valley City, with 26.09 percent, or 3,252 votes.

Democrat Sharon Buhr, 66, of Valley City, trails with 25.65 percent, or 3,197 votes, just 55 votes behind Kiefert.

It appears that a 0.44 to 0.46 percent margin between the three would trigger an automatic recount. Guidelines state an automatic recount is triggered when an election is determined by a margin of less than one-half of 1 percent.

A candidate can also demand a recount if the margin of victory in a race is less than 2 percent.

Republican Myrene Peterson, 64, of Enderlin, received 21.87 percent of the vote with 2,726 votes.

In the District 24 Senate race, incumbent Democrat Larry Robinson, 63, of Valley City, was re-elected with 56 percent of the vote over 44 percent for challenger Republican Keith Hovland, 62, of Valley City.

Robinson received 3,824 votes to Hovland’s 3,015.