Mills opts to back off recount in MN-8

Stewart Mills

Stewart Mills

Stewart Mills announced today he would not seek a recount in Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional district.

Mills lost to Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN8) by about 2,000 votes in the Nov. 8 general election. Outside the margin for an automatic recount, Mills had nonetheless sought to pay for one himself.

Today, Mills said the expense of doing so was too great with very little chance of changing the outcome. He offered words of congratulations for Nolan:

I send my congratulations to Congressman Nolan.  We did not always agree on everything, but I respect the Congressman, and wish him the best as he moves forward representing the 8th Congressional district.

Nolan responded in kind in his own statement:

I applaud Mr. Mills’ decision to withdraw his request for a recount. A carefully selected State audit of the results in each of the 18 counties found each of us gaining 1 vote, for a net change of zero. Given the precision and accuracy of Minnesota’s election system, it was extremely unlikely the outcome would change. This discretionary recount would have been a tremendous expenditure of time, money, and effort for all parties involved. 

Mills is still parting with some money, though.

“… Instead of spending financial resources to recount votes, I’ve decided to donate a portion of that to the Salvation Army.  Also, any donations made to my campaign for a recount will be refunded in full to those individuals or if people choose to, they will be added to my donation to the Salvation Army.”

Put some money in the buckets, folks.

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