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Recount in Kalamazoo County

A recount confirms that Republican Margaret O’Brien narrowly beat Democrat Sean McCann in the race for the 20th District state Senate seat in Kalamazoo County.

The recount completed Wednesday concludes that O’Brien got 61 more votes than McCann. He asked for the recount after the original count showed him losing by 59 votes in the Nov. 4 election.

Both candidates are state representatives with terms ending this month.

The final count shows O’Brien with 36,645 votes, or 45.58 percent. McCann has 36,584 votes, or 45.50 percent.

The race also had a strong Libertarian candidate. The county says Lorence Wenke got 7,171 votes, or 8.92 percent.

That’s 92 fewer votes than he got in the original count.  (AP)

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