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Wittwer still looking into possible legal challenge in 17th Senate District

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Ernie Wittwer tells 27 News he is heading to Grant County on Thursday to look at what caused his opponent Pat Bomhack to pick up 5 votes in the recount for their 17th District Democratic Senate Primary.

As a result of the recount, Bomhack erased a seven-vote deficit and defeated Wittwer by 33 votes.

Wittwer has until Monday to challenge those results in court and is still looking at that possibility.  28 of the votes Bomhack picked up came in the City of Monroe, where 110 votes were thrown out after the original ballots went missing.  But even if Wittwer was successful in getting that result changed, he would still trail Bomhack by five votes.

That is why Wittwer is focusing on Grant County, and in particular, the Village of Livingston.

The recount in Livingston raised Bomhack's vote total from 14 to 19 there.  Grant County Clerk Linda Gebhard says poll workers made a mistake on election night by hand counting the ballots and not relying on the official tally on the tape that comes out of the voting machine printer.  She suspects they chose to hand count the ballots, because the printer paper that keeps the official tally kept getting jammed, forcing them to cut it and tape it back together several times.  But she says the original tally on the tape did give Bomhack 19 votes and the recount confirmed that.

Wittwer says he at least wants to examine what happened in Livingston before saying no to a possible legal challenge. 
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