Democrats talk recount in Nevada's tight state Senate race

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Updated: 11/07/2012 5:12 pm
 RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) - There were many tight races on Election Day but one in Washoe County is still being disputed by the state Democratic party.

In the race for Senate District 15, Greg Brower was declared winner by less than one percentage point, or 266 votes and Democratic opponent Sheila Leslie has not conceded.

Democratic Senator Mo Denis in Las Vegas tells News 4 Democrats are not giving in on this seat yet because it is close and they believe there are questions over the ways the votes were handled in certain precincts. "We heard there were some polling sites that had issued provisional balloting. It may not be anything but just because the race is so close we are making sure we do our due diligence taking a look at that issue," said Denis.

According to the Secretary of State's Office, they are discussing the possibility of a recount with Senate Democrats. A spokesperson for the office says if Democrats pay for the recount a recount of this race will be conducted. 

News 4 contacted Sheila Leslie for comment but had not heard back from her by show time. 

When it comes to single-county elections, Leslie could ask for a recount.  Washoe County must first conduct a canvass of the votes.  During the canvass election officials check voter registration file to verify a voter's eligibility to cast his or her ballot.  Once verified, the ballot is added to the official count.

 The canvass will take place on November 13, 2012 in Washoe County.  A recount would have to be requested within three business days afterwards.

News 4 also contacted Greg Brower.  He says he has no comment at this point.

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