Recounts Add 2 More Wins To Minn. House GOP Column

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Two recounts in southern Minnesota have confirmed more Republican wins for seats in the Minnesota House, adding to a new GOP majority.

One recount confirmed Republican Rich Murray as the winner of a southern Minnesota House seat that had been held the past four years by Democrat Robin Brown. Another showed Republican Kelby Woodward finishing the recount with a 37-vote edge over two-term Democratic Rep. David Bly.

On Monday, Democrat Carol Lewis conceded to Republican King Banaian (BAN’-yuhn) after recount results gave her no path to victory for a St. Cloud area seat.

The recount wins will give Republicans 72 of the House’s 134 seats beginning in January. The GOP also will have the majority in the state Senate. A recount is pending in the governor’s race.

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