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29th District GOP candidate who lost by 6 votes wants recount

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

A Republican state House candidate who lost a primary earlier this month by six votes in Oakland County’s 29th District wants a recount.

Christina Barr of Pontiac on Monday requested state election officials recount votes in 17 of 42 precincts in the district that encompasses Auburn Hills and Pontiac.

David Lonier of Auburn Hills defeated Barr in the Aug. 5 primary, 890-884, according to election results.

Barr has to pay $10 for each precinct that gets recounted, said Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the state Bureau of Elections.

Under state law, Lonier has seven days to request recounts in additional precincts in the district.

Lonier said Monday he hasn’t decided whether to pursue a larger recount, but he doubts Barr’s efforts will change the outcome of the primary.

“I’m not too concerned,” Lonier said. “It could go against her. I’m going ahead as if I won the campaign.”

Barr and Lonier squared off in a primary for the right to face House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel of Auburn Hills in the November election in a district that favors Democrats.

Greimel ran unopposed in the primary.

“As far as Tim goes, that’s another problem,” Lonier told The Detroit News. “He’s going to be a challenge.”

Barr could not be reached for comment.

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