The Republican primary race in District 28 will have to go to an automatic recount to see who will run for the North Dakota House of Representatives, according to the State Canvassing Board. Jim Silrum, North Dakota deputy secretary of state, said if the difference in vote totals between two candidates is less than 1 percent of the highest vote cast for a candidate for that office, an automatic recount is required. “Almost every election promotes the possibility of a recount, especially in small cities for races like city offices,” Silrum said. “However, the fact that it’s happening in a legislative district primary is certainly not unprecedented.” Ballots cast in six counties — Dickey, McIntosh, LaMoure, Logan, Burleigh and Emmons — will now be recounted beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. and continuing until Monday at 2 p.m.
Republican voters in the June 12 primary election ballot were asked to vote for two out of four candidates for the District 28 Republican nomination. The top two vote-getters will run against the top two District 28 Democratic vote-getters during the Nov. 6 general election. The top Republican vote-getter was incumbent Rep. Michael Brandenburg, R-Edgeley, with 2,046 votes (33.4 percent). However, because the race for the next-highest vote-getter was less than 1 percent (20 votes) of Brandenburg’s total number of votes received, an automatic recount of all ballots cast will be completed.