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LaCost seeks recount

August 10, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Julie LaCost, Republican candidate for prosecuting attorney in the Aug. 7 primary, has filed a request for a recount.

Dickinson County Clerk Dolly Cook said LaCost on Friday petitioned the Dickinson County Board of Canvassers for a recount of all 17 precincts in Dickinson County.

LaCost lost to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards by 41 votes - 1,266 to LaCost's 1,225.

"It's 41 votes, but there were lots of spoiled ballots," Cook said.

Cook said that a number of county voters cross-voted.

"They would fill out their ballots for one party, and then turn it over and vote for someone they knew in the other party," Cook said.

In a primary election, residents can only vote for one party. Those spoiled ballots were thrown out.

Any recount will not be held for approximately two weeks because a recount request is also expected in the Michigan 108th District State Representative race, Cook said.

In the Democratic primary election for state representative, Sharon Gray of Rapid River narrowly defeated former state representative Judy Nerat of Wallace.

Gray tallied 2,911 votes to Nerat's 2,818 votes, a 93-vote margin. The district includes Dickinson, Menominee and Delta counties.

"The State Board of Canvassers doesn't meet for two weeks," Cook said.

If a recount is requested in the state representative race, the recount for the prosecutor race would be conducted at the same time.

Gray and Nerat were seeking the Democratic nomination to face incumbent Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, in November.



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