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Bomhack to seek recount
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MONROE - A seven-vote margin wasn't enough for Pat Bomhack.

Bomhack announced Friday he will seek a recount in the Democratic primary election for the 17th Senate district after official county canvasses showed Wednesday that Ernie Wittwer defeated Bomhack, 3,847 votes to 3,840.

"The county canvass results show a margin of seven votes, making this one of the closest state Senate elections in decades," Bomhack wrote in a statement. "To ensure that each person who voted has their vote counted properly, I have submitted a request for a recount.

"Based upon conversations with the county clerks and Government Accountability Board, I am hopeful that this process will be concluded shortly and produce a final result in a matter of days."

The recount process will begin Monday, according to published reports.

Wittwer declared victory Tuesday after seeing his two-vote lead from election night Aug. 12 grow to seven, with eight of nine counties releasing their final numbers. Juneau County had yet to finish its canvass Tuesday, though the county reportedly had not expected any changes.

The winner will face Rep. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, in the November election.

The Senate seat has been held by Republican Dale Schultz since 1991.