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State canvassing board certifies Franson as winner in House 8B

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Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today announced the official recount results for State Senate District 20 and House District 8B.

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The candidates affected by the legislative recounts were Kevin L. Dahle (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) and Mike Dudley (Republican) in Senate District 20 and Mary Franson (Republican) and Bob Cunniff (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) in House District 8B. These taxpayer-paid recounts were triggered by Minnesota Law (Minnesota Statutes 204C.35) because the vote total margin between these candidates was less than one-half of one percent.

The recount for Senate District 20 was conducted in Le Suer, Rice and Scott Counties. Recount results show that Kevin L. Dahle (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) received 20,627 votes and Mike Dudley (Republican) 20,556. There was a gain of six votes for Dudley and the loss of a vote for Dahle. The House District 8B recount was conducted in Douglas and Otter Tail Counties. Recount results show that Mary Franson (Republican) received 10,642 votes and Bob Cunniff (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) received 10,630 votes. Franson gained two votes and Cunniff gained a vote.

"I want to thank all of the local and state election officials who worked together to administer these two legislative recounts. I also want to express my gratitude to the justices and judges who served on the 2012 State Canvassing Board. Your public service is greatly appreciated," said Secretary of State Ritchie.

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