JKT-Thomas Race Heads for Recount?

     Republican Bill Thomas will likely request a recount in his race for the House District 34 seat against Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.
    Margaret Friedenauer of Public Radio Station KHNS in Haines reported that Thomas indicated he was “99.9 percent sure” he would request a recount during an off-air interview earlier today.
    When the Sentinel reached Thomas for comment at 2:45 p.m. today he again said he would probably ask for a recount on Wednesday, but that he was  busy a the time of the call dealing with the death of a friend, David Stone.
    “Probably,” Thomas said when asked if he would make the formal request tomorrow. “It’s all a timing thing.” 
    Gail Fenumiai, the director of the state division of elections, said if the request is made the division of elections will have five days to process the recount. Fenumiai said if a request was received the recount would likely take place Friday or Monday, the last possible day for a recount. The deadline for making the recount request is by the close of business on Wednesday.
    On Friday Fenumiai certified Kreiss-Tomkins as the winner of House District 34, with a margin of 34 votes over Thomas. The certified results showed Kreiss-Tomkins with 4,125 votes to 4,091 for Thomas.
    Fenumiai said that if there is a recount, it is unlikely that it will result in a significant change to the numbers, or to the outcome.
    “(It’s usually) a vote here or there, maybe three or four, but nothing double digits in my experience,” Fenumiai said.
    Kreiss-Tomkins said he will fly to Juneau to witness the recount, should there be one, but does not expect a change.
    “It’s the home stretch of an otherwise epic election,” Kreiss-Tomkins said. “It’s highly improbable that this will flip the election.”

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