ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate candidate says he’ll exercise his right to a free recount after losing by an unofficial 142 votes.

Dan Wolgamott said Friday via the Senate DFL Caucus that he’ll formally request a recount in his central Minnesota race after the State Canvassing Board certifies the results on Nov. 29.

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Republican Jerry Relph led the election night count, but the result was the closest Senate race in Minnesota. State law allows a trailing candidate to request a free recount when the margin falls within one-half of 1 percent.

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The Senate DFL says another Democrat — Deb Calvert, who trailed by 201 votes in a Plymouth-area race — will also invoke a free recount.

Absent a rare reversal, Republicans will hold a majority of just one seat in the Senate.

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