Mary Franson ahead of Bob Cunniff by a single vote with 100 percent counted

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Franson vs. Cunniff: The closest election you'll ever see.
When Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, cast her ballot yesterday, little did she think she had just decided her own political fate.

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But alas, that appears to be the case. In a result befitting of one of Minnesota's wackiest elected officials, wth 100 percent of the votes counted, Franson is ahead of her Democratic challenger, Bob Cunniff, by a single vote.

Here's how it shook out:
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According to Aaron Ley, Fargo's KFGO-AM is reporting that the one-vote margin triggers an automatic recount, so it may not end up being the case that Franson's vote was as decisive as it currently appears.


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GeekAaron
GeekAaron

According to the Secretary of State unofficial results, there were also 19 write-in votes. So if these numbers stand, neither candidate got a majority of votes. Does that mean there will be a runoff, or does a candidate only need a plurality to win?

MikeW
MikeW

 @GeekAaron  It has to be the most votes of those cast, even it less than 50%+1.  Think Jesse Ventura in 1998.

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