ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota Republicans won’t be able to say exactly how many members they have in their House majority until automatic recounts are completed in three close races.

Republican King Banaian leads Democrat Carol Lewis by 10 votes in House District 15B in St. Cloud, the closest of the legislative races. Banaian’s lead is less than a tenth of a percentage point, well below the half-percentage point margin that triggers an automatic recount.

In the Northfield area, Republican Kelby Woodard has a 31-vote lead on Democratic Rep. David Bly.

In Albert Lea, Republican Rich Murray is edging Democratic Rep. Robin Brown by 57 votes.

The vote totals could change slightly as election officials canvass the results through Nov. 12. The state canvassing board is expected to then order recounts that would start on Nov. 29.

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