HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Unofficial results from the August Republican primary show Greg Markkanen at just 24 votes ahead of Kirk Schott in the race for the Western U.P.’s 110th State House District. The district includes voters from seven counties. An official vote total may not be released until the end of August.
Markkanen plans to continue his campaign across the district.
"Gogebic County Fair, Iron County Fair is this weekend. I would like to campaign there, strengthen my presence there. I would like to go up to Keweenaw County to spread myself as far as possible," said Markkanen.
In a phone interview, Schott said he will not be campaigning in the meantime. He adds he appreciated the fair and friendly race all candidates ran.
According to the Michigan Secretary of State's office, canvassing boards in each county have the next two weeks to certify their results. After that, the state Board of Canvassers will meet to certify the state's results. Candidates can then request a recount.
Schott says if the numbers remain the way they are, he does not plan to request a recount. He says a recount in a race of this size could change three to five votes, but not 20 or more. If Schott did request a recount, it would cost him $25 per precinct.
"I would just like to thank the people of the 110th District for getting out and voting and expressing yourself through the voting process. I think it is very important to maintain our democracy and get out and vote," said Markkanen.
The winner faces Democrat Ken Summers in November. Incumbent Democrat Scott Dianda could not run again due to term limits.