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Dec 6, 2012 3:10 PM by Melissa Rafferty - KPAX News

Juneau confident about recount in OPI race

MISSOULA - Incumbent Denise Juneau and challenger Sandy Welch are separated by just 2,200 votes in the race for Office of Public Instruction.

Welch filed paperwork for a recount earlier this week and on Friday, a district judge in Kalispell will hear the case.

We talked with Juneau about the recount on Thursday to see if she's concerned about the legal moves.

"In the end our margin is comfortable enough where I'm confident that we'll maintain the lead, and I'm continuing to do the job of the superintendent, and look forward to serving the state of Montana for the next four years after all of this is done," she told us.

Welch 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.

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