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Northwest Wisconsin Assembly primary appears headed for recount

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A recount appears likely in a state Assembly district in northwest Wisconsin.

Overnight returns showed that Michael Bub won Tuesday's Republican primary by just 3 votes over James Edming. However, Rusk County officials now admit that they gave fourth-place finisher Scott Noble 20 votes by mistake -- and Edming should have received them.

If that's the case, Edming will have won the primary by 17 votes over Bub. Bub says he's not happy with what happened, and he'll likely request a recount if his loss is confirmed.

That won't happen for about another week, after canvassers in Rusk, Sawyer, and Taylor counties finalize the results.

Shirl LaBarre finished third in the primary. She and Noble, a former Marshfield alderman, will definitely not advance.

Whoever wins the GOP primary will face Democrat Richard Pulcher in November, for an Assembly seat given up by Republican Mary Williams of Medford.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)