On Monday Democrat Kendall Van Dyk saw his margin of victory shrink from eight votes to four after a recount from the Nov. 2 election.
That was still enough to hold off Republican Roy Brown for the Senate District 25 seat out of Billings. Yellowstone County elections Clerk Susan Patton said the final tally was 3,106 votes for Van Dyk and 3,102 for Brown.
The recount started at 7 a.m. and was complete by noon, according to. Both candidates were present for the recount, Patton said.
The official results are scheduled to be sent to the Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday.
By AARON FLINT of Northern Broadcasting System
A recount is scheduled for 7 a.m. Monday in what is now historically Montana’s most expensive race for the state Legislature.
For the Senate District 25 seat out of Billings, Democrat Kendall Van Dyk leads Republican Roy Brown by eight votes after Secretary of State Linda McCulloch certified the votes earlier this week.
The candidates raised more than $234,000, making theirs the most expensive legislative race in Montana history, according to the Billings Gazette. The amount is about $37 per voter in the race, which produced 6,210 ballots.
According to Yellowstone County Elections Administrator Bret Rutherford a recount will now take place Monday.
Rutherford says 101 “resolution” ballots, or ballots that could not be machine counted, will also get a closer look in Mondays recount. He said the recount should take about a day.
“Generally in a race like this it’s pretty cut and dry,” Rutherford said. “We had very few write-ins on there, and it’s usually somebody just fills in the oval for one or the other and it’s done with. If there are any questionable ballots the board will deal with it immediately and make a decision.”
Rutherford said he hopes to wrap up the work on the recount quickly.