AP reporter Dale Wetzel posted this on Facebook earlier. Since he knows way more about politics than I ever want to know, I'm going to assume he's right. "For those of you wondering. A recount is mandatory in a North Dakota statewide race if the margin is one-half of 1 percent or less (multiply by .005) of "the highest vote cast for a candidate for that office." So you take the winner's total, multiply by 0.005, and if that number is more than the winner's victory margin, there is a mandatory recount."
Nate, I think those results include absentees, but I'm not sure. We're pulling the numbers straight from the state Secretary of State's website.
You are welcome, Stephanie. Other than wishing I was asleep, I'm really enjoying this.
Before things get too crazy here, I want to thank everyone who has participated tonight. I haven't had to delete a single comment, which is unexpected and awesome.
Burleigh County race results bit.ly/Ssoiwt
Heitkamp has 50.57 percent of the vote while Berg has 48.99 percent.
Barnes County is the only county with no results. The county's population at the 2010 census included about 8,000 people older than 18.
In 2010, Barnes County voted for Pomeroy over Berg for the U.S. House.
Anyone want to weigh in for PA Tom?
Wow, thanks, guys! I am so impressed by the people still hanging out here and their thoughtful responses.
By the way, I used the current vote totals and did what Dale said to figure out whether there could be a recount. Unless my math is way off, the current results would not even be close to close enough for a recount.
I haven't heard anything, Tim. I hope we hear something soon so I can go to bed.
Thanks, Brittany. Now, get rid of that cold!
Good point, Fred. Does anyone know for sure if early/absentee ballots are included? Nick Smith, are you still in the newsroom?
I knew I spoke too soon. Just deleted my first comment of the day.
Hard to say, since it didn't get there, BizMarkie.
Pres. Obama and family on the state as he plans to give acceptance speech.