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UPDATE: Bomhack wins 17th Senate District Democratic primary recount by 33 votes

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The final recount results in the 17th Senate District Democratic primary election show Pat Bomhack has defeated Ernie Wittwer by 33 votes, 3,837 to 3,804.

Juneau County completed its recount late Thursday night to complete the process. 

Bomhack trailed Wittwer by 7 votes entering the recount, but picked up 40 votes this week.  28 of those came in the City of Monroe, which lost 110 ballots that were originally counted.  Wittwer is now considering a legal challenge.

"Obviously the Monroe thing can be challenged based on disenfranchising voters," said Wittwer.  "And there are provisions in the statute that I think give the local canvas board the ability to use that electronic record if they choose to."

But even without those 28 disputed votes, Bomhack would still have won the recount by five votes.  Wittwer tells 27 News some of those changes could be challenged as well.

"I think we can look at the consistency of how absentee ballots were handled.  That's another avenue.  Open ballot bags might be an avenue as well, so, there are probably several things we can challenge," said Wittwer.

Meanwhile, Bomhack is ready to move on to face Rep. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) in the November general election.

"It was a tough primary campaign, but it clearly showed that Democrats in Senate District 17 are excited and energized," Bomhack wrote in a statement to 27 News.  "Democrats will join with independents and moderate Republicans to defeat the extremist Howard Marklein."

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) certified the results of the recount Friday afternoon.  Wittwer now has five business days to file a legal challenge.

Wittwer talks more about the recount on Capitol City Sunday at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the GAB could not certify the results for five business days.
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