Last night, four states delivered primary results — North Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Illinois — with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump taking all but Ohio, which went to Gov. John Kasich.
Many of us gave up waiting for results from a fifth state which went to the polls yesterday. And good thing, too, as even now, the race in Missouri is yet to be called due to extremely close margins. So close are both the Democrat and Republican primary races there that some are uttering the seven-letter word that still provokes horror for many of us who lived through the 2000 election — and those of us in Minnesota who lived through the 2008 election that sent Al Franken to Washington to become the 60th vote on Obamacare.
Yes, there is talk of a recount.
Via The Hill:
The Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns are weighing whether to ask for a recount in Missouri following results that found them just two-tenths of 1 percent behind Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, respectively.
Media outlets have yet to call the race due to the extremely close margins. The Missouri Secretary of State’s office said that all results are unofficial until they’re certified, which could take up to four weeks.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Trump leads Cruz by 0.2 percent, and the two are separated by about 1,700 votes.
On the Democratic side, Clinton also leads Sanders by 0.2 percent, and they are separated by about 1,500 votes.
According to CNN, Missouri still has to count absentee and provisional ballots, including absentee ballots from overseas voters that have until noon on Friday to arrive.
Under Missouri law, candidates can ask for a recount if they are defeated by less than half of 1 percent.
So far, according to The Associated Press delegate tracker, Trump has been awarded 15 delegates of Missouri’s 52 total delegates. Cruz has yet to receive any.
Clinton has been awarded 43 of the 84 total delegates, while Sanders has received 32.
While the Cruz campaign has noted it has seven days to decide whether to pursue a recount, the Sanders campaign has said it will discuss the Missouri results later today.
As unwelcome as the thought of a recount may be — even if it is deemed a wise move given the closeness of the results — I suppose it’s still a step up from a coin flip or card draw that is used to break ties in Iowa and Nevada.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]