NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin congressional race within recount margin

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- One state senator leads another by only 214 votes in the Republican primary for Wisconsin's lone open congressional seat, a margin that would allow a free recount.

The Associated Press called the race for Glenn Grothman on Tuesday night but uncalled it Wednesday after more votes came in for Joe Leibham and the margin shrank.

Grothman was leading Leibham by just three-tenths of a percentage point Wednesday morning. Some absentee ballots could be counted if they were postmarked in time.

Wisconsin law lets any candidate request a recount. But, candidates pay based on the margin. In the congressional race, the recount would be free if the margin is one-half of a percentage point or less.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The margin of victory between two state senators in the Republican primary for Wisconsin's lone open congressional seat has narrowed to the point where one is likely entitled to a free recount.

Wisconsin law allows any candidate to request a recount. But, candidates pay based on the margin of victory. In the congressional race, the recount would be free if the margin is one-half of a percentage point or less.

State Sen. Glenn Grothman was leading state Sen. Joe Leibham by just three-tenths of a percentage point Wednesday morning. Some absentee ballots could be counted if they were postmarked in time.

Leibham's campaign did not immediately respond to an inquiry on whether he would request a recount. It released a statement early Wednesday saying it was waiting for election officials to double-check all the votes cast.


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