Sin­gle vote de­cides state­house con­test

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - FROM THE COVER - By Becky Bohrer and Lisa Bau­mann Becky Bohrer and Lisa Bau­mann are As­so­ci­ated Press writ­ers.

JUNEAU, Alaska — Repub­li­can Bart LeBon has won an Alaska state House race by one vote af­ter a bal­lot re­count.

Be­fore the re­count, LeBon and Demo­crat Kathryn Dodge were tied with 2,661 votes apiece. Re­count re­sults Fri­day showed LeBon with 2,663 votes while Dodge had 2,662 votes, af­ter LeBon picked up two votes and Dodge picked up one, ac­cord­ing to the Alaska Di­vi­sion of Elec­tions.

A much dis­cussed mys­tery bal­lot found at a vot­ing precinct ended up play­ing no role in the out­come. The bal­lot was tossed Fri­day af­ter it was de­ter­mined to be a spoiled bal­lot from a voter who had made a mis­take on it and then filled out a new bal­lot.

If LeBon’s win holds up, the GOP will con­trol the House, Se­nate and gov­er­nor’s of­fice. Dodge has five days to de­cide whether to ap­peal the out­come to the state Supreme Court. She didn’t make a de­fin­i­tive com­ment af­ter the re­count, say­ing she and her team would “think on things,” the Juneau Em­pire re­ported .

“Peo­ple kept call­ing it close,” Dodge pre­vi­ously said of the race. “I just didn’t know it was go­ing to be squeaky.”

If a le­gal chal­lenge re­sulted in an­other tie, the win­ner would be de­ter­mined by a coin toss.

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