Runoff likely in the John Rizzo and Will Royster race for Mo. District 40 state representative

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Kansas City, Missouri election officials certified the results of the August 3 Primary Election on Monday, August 16. Their certification of the results brings a presumed recount in the District 40 race that much closer to being reality.

Will Royster lost to John Rizzo in the Democratic primary election for the District 40 state representative seat by a handful of votes. Unofficial results showed a six-vote spread, but results certified August 16 show it’s only a three-vote margin. Rizzo got 667 votes and Royster got 664.

By Missouri law, any candidate for a state representative seat can request a recount if they are within one-percent of their opponent. Just over one-quarter of one percent separates the two candidates, entitling Royster to a recount.

First, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan must certify the election results. By law, her office must receive the locally-certified election results two weeks after election day. They could take up to four weeks to complete state certification.

When that is complete, Royster would then have seven days to request a recount. Certified final results of the recount have to be announced within 20 days of a candidate request for the recount.

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