Candidates to request recounts in tight Minnesota House District 3A, 3B races

The state canvassing board approved the General Election results at its meeting Tuesday.

Election 2022 in United States
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ST. PAUL — The five-member State Canvassing Board certified the Nov. 8 election results Tuesday and adopted a post-election review that included House districts 3A and 3B in northern Minnesota.

According to the Minnesota Secretary of State, incumbent Robert Ecklund, DFL-International Falls, received 15 (or 0.07%) fewer votes than his opponent, Roger Skraba, a Republican from Ely, in the House District 3A race. Ecklund confirmed with the News Tribune on Nov. 9 that he intends to request a publicly funded recount.

According to the Secretary of State, the race falls within the parameters of a publicly funded recount.

House District 3B incumbent Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, received 35 (or 0.16%) fewer votes than her opponent Natalie Zeleznikar, a Republican from Duluth, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State. Murphy confirmed she intends to request a recount in that race.

Candidates must submit their request for recounts by Dec. 1.

Zeleznikar unseated Murphy in House 3B by margin of 50.01%-49.85%.

This story was updated at 8:24 a.m. Nov. 30 with confirmation from Rep. Mary Murphy that she would seek a recount. It was originally posted at 4:44 p.m. Nov. 29.

Brielle Bredsten is the business reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.

She earned a bachelor's degree in Professional Writing & Technical Communication, with minors in Advertising and Creative Writing from Metropolitan State University, in addition to a two-year professional paid internship as reporter/editor of the student newspaper.

She is an award-winning professional writer, photographer and editor based in rural Minnesota. Over the past decade, Brielle Bredsten has contributed more than 1,000 articles, feature stories, non-profit press-releases, photographs and columns. Her work has been published in several community newspapers.

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