Republican secretary of state candidate Hilda Legg said Wednesday that she intends to ask for a recanvass after Tuesday’s vote totals are certified. The Republican race for secretary of state was the closest of Tuesday’s primary.
According to The Associated Press, Todd County businessman and teacher Bill Johnson beat Legg, a Somerset consultant and former federal official, by 1,097 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. The official count — conducted by the Secretary of State’s office — will not be finalized until Friday. Legg has until Tuesday to ask for a recanvass.
“Given the narrow margin, less than 1 percent in this race, I intend to request a recanvass after we have had the opportunity to review the official results,” Legg said in a written statement. “My supporters deserve the assurance that every vote has been accurately reported.”
A recanvass is a retabulation of totals from each voting machine. If a recanvass is conducted and Legg still believes there was an error or problem with the vote totals, she can petition for a recount, a more costly and time-consuming process that Legg’s campaign would have to fund.