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Recount changes results of Wisconsin Senate primary

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A recount has changed the results of a Wisconsin Democratic state Senate primary.

The Government Accountability Board said it received final results showing that Spring Green lawyer Pat Bomhack had 3,837 votes, to 3,804 for former DOT budget director Ernie Wittwer.

That's a margin of 33 votes in Bomhack's favor, after Wittwer was ahead by 7 votes in both the Election Night tally on August 12th and a later canvass of the counties' ballots.

Board member Gerald Nichol expects to certify the recount canvasses late Friday afternoon. After that, Wittwer will have five business days to challenge the results in court if he chooses.

Earlier this week, Wittwer said he was consulting with an attorney about it.

Officials said 110 ballots cast in Monroe were missing, and city police are investigating. The Accountability Board said Wittwer lost a net of 30 votes in all of Green County, where Monroe is located -- so that, in and of itself, did not flip the election's outcome.

For now, Bomhack has won the right to face Assembly Republican Howard Marklein in November, for the Senate seat given up by moderate Republican Dale Schultz.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)