KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Tuesday state election officials certified the results of a close race for the Missouri Statehouse.
The final result for the Democratic primary in the 40th district State Representative race shows John Rizzo has 667 votes, while Will Royster has 664 votes.
Only three votes separate the candidates.
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Royster has filed a lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit court to contest the results.
He's asking for a new election or a recount, and making allegations of voter fraud.
On election night, Rizzo was ahead by six votes.
A closer look by the city's election board narrowed the lead to three, where it remains.
Rizzo was on the losing end of a recount four years ago.
This time he says he's cautiously optimistic.
"I'm confident in the Kansas City Election Board. Having been through the process before, I'm comfortable with how the process goes," said Rizzo.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday demands a recount or a new election.
It makes a some specific allegations.
It says 25 people voted more than once at a polling station.
And it says a worker from a social service agency was taking Somali immigrants into the polling booths to show them how to vote, and to tell them how to vote.
Royster has not returned our calls.
The winner of this race will face Libertarian Sean O'Toole in the November general election.
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