Dec 7, 2012 4:56 PM by MTN News
KALISPELL - A Flathead County judge has approved a request for a statewide recount in the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction race.
Republican Sandy Welch is trailing incumbent Democrat Denise Juneau by around 2,200 votes after last month's election.
Welch filed paperwork for a recount earlier this week and on Friday, Flathead District Court Judge Stewart Stadler approved the request.
Juneau had said Thursday that "in the end, our margin is comfortable enough where I'm confident that we'll maintain the lead."
Welch, who is from Martin City, will pay for the recount, which will cost about $115,000, although local donors and the Republican National Committee are helping to pick up some of the tab.
State law dictates that a candidate can request a recount if the margin is below 0.5%. If the margin is below 0.25% the state will pay for the recount. If the margin is between 0.25 and 0.5% the candidate must pay for the recount.