Dec 11, 2012 4:54 PM by KPAX News

MT OPI candidate drops request for recount

Sandy Welch, the Republican candidate for Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, has dropped her request for a recount.

The final vote tally has Democratic incumbent Denise Juneau with 235,468 votes (50.24%), and Welch with 233,204 (49.76%), a difference of 2,264 votes, or just 0.48 percentage points.

Welch could have paid for a recount, but in a press release on Tuesday, Welch's campaign manager said, "With a bond of about $115,000, (she) will not meet the required financial benchmark in time to proceed with the recount."

Welch said, "I have been humbled by the support that has been given thus far, unfortunately, we just didn't reach the needed amount to keep going and to personally incur this financial liability is beyond my capabilities."

The press release states that in an effort to hold state officials accountable for fixing errors in the state's voting system, Welch has offered to make findings from her application available to parties interested in fixing the issue.

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