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Associated Press, Published November 19 2012

ND legislative candidate won't seek recount

BISMARCK — A North Dakota House candidate who lost by 50 votes says she won't ask for a recount.

Democrat Sharon Buhr finished third in the election in District 24 in southeastern North Dakota. The district includes Barnes County and parts of Cass and Ransom counties.

Democrat Naomi Muscha and Republican Dwight Kiefert were the top two finishers and won the district's two House seats. Buhr was 50 votes behind Kiefert.

The race was the only state legislative contest that was close enough to allow the loser to seek a recount.

Monday is the deadline to demand a recount, but Buhr says the result wasn't close enough to justify one.

Buhr is a hospital dietitian in Valley City and a former city school board member. She says she enjoyed the House campaign.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.