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TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2008, 11:57 A.M.

Let the recount begin

The recount of some 76,000 ballots in the 6th Legislative District race begins about 1 p.m.

County elections staff spent the morning separating ballots into precincts, and will start checking the votes, precinct-by-precinct, this afternoon under the watchful eyes of political party observers.

Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin believes it will be done sometime Thursday.

Democrat John Driscoll leads Republican incumbent John Ahern by 74 votes in the final tally announced last week. Spin Control 2.0 will try to update precinct results, as they become available.

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