The accuracy of voting machines and the exactitude of recounts was confirmed today when Republican King Banaian won the recount in House District 15B over DFLer Carol Lewis.
The day began with Banaian, a St. Cloud State economics professor and radio personality, ahead by 10 votes. After votes were counted in Stearns, Sherburne and Benton counties — which have precincts in the House district long held by the DFL — Banaian won by eight votes.
We detailed the campaign and the candidates last week.
Lewis, in an email to supporters, wrote: “Just thought I would let you know that the final outcome of my race is that I lost by 8 votes. Missed it by that much. Close but no cigar!”