The recount of Crow Wing County votes in the Senate District 12 race is expected to be completed today, Scott Simmons, head recount official, said this morning.
Simmons, a representative of the secretary of state's office, estimated there were about 8,500 ballots to be counted today, a process that could take about six hours.
The Crow Wing County recount team worked until about 6 p.m. Monday and resumed work shortly after 8:30 a.m. today.
Meanwhile the recount continued in Morrison County, but County Auditor Russ Nygren could not be reached for comment on the progress of that recount this morning.
Republican Paul Koering defeated Sen. Don Samuelson, DFL-Brainerd, 16,711-16,568, a margin of 143 votes. The narrow margin of victory triggered an automatic recount since it was less than half of 1 percent of the vote.
Attorneys for Samuelson, an attorney for the Republican Party and other county political activists were observing the Crow Wing County recount, which was being conducted in the basement of the County Service Building in Brainerd.
Once the votes in Morrison and Crow Wing counties are recounted, the secretary of state's recount teams will issue their totals. The recount figures will be forwarded to the State Canvassing Board to be made official.
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