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Western UP State House Primary Too Close to Call

Republicans in the western Upper Peninsula were split on who should represent their party on the November ballot for state House. Republicans in the western Upper Peninsula were split on who should represent their party on the November ballot for state House. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: August 08, 2018 04:02 PM

The November election ballot for the western Upper Peninsula is still unclear after Tuesday's primary elections.

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That's because two Republicans running for the 110th District seat in the Michigan House are separated by only 24 votes in the preliminary count.

According to an unofficial count reported by the Michigan Secretary of State, Gregory Markkanen received 2,178 votes and Kirk Schott receieved 2,154 votes.  Brady Tervo and Keith LaCosse had also been running for the seat.

The vote totals still need to be certified by the Board of State Canvassers, which meets later this month. Fred Woodhams, a spokesperson in the Michigan Secretary of State's Office, said there are no automatic recounts in state legislative races, but the losing candidate could choose to seek a recount after the state certifies the result.

The eventual winner will face Democrat Ken Summers in the November election.

The 110th District seat is currently held by Democrat Scott Dianda, who is running for state Senate instead this fall.  Dianda will face Republican Ed McBroom, who received 69 percent of the votes in Tuesday's primary to beat Mike Carey.

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