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Republican wins recount of Mo. House election

Republican wins recount of Mo. House election

December 21st, 2011 in News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A recount has confirmed a Republican victory in a special election for a vacant Missouri House seat from St. Charles County.

The secretary of state's office says Republican Chrissy Sommer defeated Democrat Paul Woody by a vote of 1,875 to 1,835. The final 40-vote margin actually was two votes larger than her apparent original margin of victory in the November special election.

The recount was held under a provision of state law that lets losing candidates seek a re-verification of the tally when the candidates are separated by less than 1 percentage point.

Sommer will succeed Republican Rep. Sally Faith, who resigned after winning election in April as mayor of St. Charles.