Re-Count Officially Ordered for District 18 House A

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It's official: Not the count, but the re-count effort. Ada County Election officials told Citydesk that the Idaho Attorney General's Office has officially ordered that the razor-thin margin for the District 18 House A election will trigger a re-canvass of votes.

Unofficial votes showed Republican Julie Ellsworth winning by nine votes over Democrat Janie Ward-Engelking. The unofficial tally: 6,429-6,420.

State law mandates a recount when the margin is less than one-tenth of 1 percent of total votes cast. The initial canvass will not be certified until Wednesday, Nov. 17, and a re-count cannot begin until that happens.

The two were running for the seat vacated by Democrat Rep. Branden Durst, who lost a race for District 18 Senate, won by Republican Mitch Toryanksi.