Recounts Underway in 2 Tight Minn. Races

Updated: 11/28/2012 7:20 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

They're counting ballots again in two Minnesota legislative districts.
    
Automatic recounts were getting under way near Alexandria and Northfield to determine if narrow leads by the apparent winners hold up.
    
The closest involves Republican Rep. Mary Franson, whose second term bid came down to an 11-vote edge over Democratic challenger Bob Cunniff.

As of Wednesday afternoon 60 percent of the votes in District 8B had been counted. At this point, Franson is still up by 11 votes. The remaining votes will be counted in Otter Tail county Thursday.
    
The other race is to determine whether former Democratic Sen. Kevin Dahle returns to the Capitol. He is up by 78 votes over Republican Mike Dudley.
    
Taxpayer-funded recounts are automatic if the difference between candidates is within one-half of one percent.
    
Both recounts are due to wrap up by week's end. Neither has a bearing on the Democratic House and Senate control.
    
The state Canvassing Board reconvenes next Tuesday to review the results and rule on any disputed ballots.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.