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One race still too close to call

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One democratic primary race is still too close to call. The battle over the 71 Assembly District seat continues.

Just 44 votes separate Katrina Shankland from Corey Ladick, who are both vying for that seat.

Less than one percentage point separates the top finishers.

"We'll wait patiently, but we're thrilled right now with the results," democratic candidate Katrina Shankland said.

Ladick says he's not sure if he will request a recount.

"I'll wait to see what the results of the final canvass are to look at those final numbers. I haven't made a firm decision on that," Ladick said.

A canvass is an official final look at the votes, including absentee ballots.

Ladick then has three days to file a request for a recount, but he'd have to pay close to $400 to do so.

The Government Accountability Board says if the margin was less than .5 percent, it wouldn't have cost Ladick anything to ask for a recount.

"I'm not too optimistic at this point that I can overcome 44 votes, but you never know," Ladick said.

Whichever candidate wins the democratic primary will take on republican candidate Patrick Testin in November.

"We figure going into it that it'd be a close race with an open seat and so many candidates," Testin said.

He says the close race does not change anything for his campaign.

"Just a matter of talking to as many people as we possibly can between now and Election Day," Testin told Newsline 9.

It's likely whoever is declared the winner on the democratic side will do the same.

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