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Welch seeks recount in Mont., but faces long odds

By Associated Press
Published On: Dec 03 2012 01:56:20 PM MST
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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Republican Sandy Welch has asked for a recount after losing the Montana schools superintendent election by a thin margin.
    
The Martin City education consultant applied in state District Court Monday for a manual recount in each of the state's 56 counties.
    
Welch trailed incumbent Democrat Denise Juneau by 2,231 votes based on official results. But Welch says Election Day problems meant some votes were improperly counted.
    
An elections expert says Welch faces long odds in her bid to become the next superintendent of public instruction.
    
Rob Richie, with the Maryland-based election research group FairVote, says 18 statewide recounts in the U.S. over the past decade shifted the vote less than .03 percent on average.
    
Welch lost by .48 percent.
    
That's more than 17 times the average shift seen by FairVote.