Bell to Seek Recount in Senate Race

Alaska Republican state Senate candidate Bob Bell is seeking a recount in his race against Anchorage Democratic Sen. Hollis French.

ANCHORAGE, AK - NOVEMBER 03: Envelopes of completed questioned ballots, also known as provisional ballots, await inspection at the Alaska state elections office on November 3, 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska. With Alaska's midterm election for the state's Senate seat still undecided, election officials are preparing to review all write-in ballots statewide. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who ran as a write-in candidate, is now favored to win the election, which could take weeks or more to resolve. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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JUNEAU - Alaska Republican state Senate candidate Bob Bell is seeking a recount in his race against Anchorage Democratic Sen. Hollis French.

When the race was certified Friday, it showed French with a 51-vote advantage.

Bell says he owes it to his supporters to make sure the count is accurate.

French said Bell was well within his rights to request a recount, and he said he'd probably request one, too, if he were in Bell's position.

The race was one of the most expensive and contentious Alaska Senate races this year, with French among the incumbents targeted for defeat by Republicans who wanted to break up the Senate's bipartisan majority.

Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai said it will take a day to recount the race. The state will pay for the recount.

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