SW Mo. House member plans to seek recount

Aug 16, 2012

A state House member from southwest Missouri says he'll seek a recount after a narrow loss in his Republican primary election.

Election results certified in Greene County this week show incumbent Thomas Long losing to challenger Jeff Messenger by 28 votes in the Aug. 7 primary. Long told the Springfield News-Leader on Wednesday he'll ask to have the ballots in the 130th House District counted again.

Missouri law allows candidates to request recounts if they lose by less than 1 percent of the total vote.

Long, of Battlefield, was first elected to the Missouri House in 2010 from a different district. He chose to run in the 130th District after this year's political redistricting.