Sen. Art Rusch

In a recount of the District 17 Senate race between incumbent Sen. Art Rusch of Vermillion and challenger Nancy Rasmussen of Hurley, Rusch has been declared the winner by a four vote margin.

Rusch had defeated Rasmussen by six votes in the Tuesday, June 2, Republican primary election. The recount decreased Rusch’s margin of victory by two votes.

Rusch received 1,002 votes and Rasmussen 996 of the 1,998 total votes cast by voters in District 17 on June 2.

Rusch will face Democratic candidate Ailie Johns of Vermillion in the November election. Johns replaces Codylee Riedman of Vermillion who withdrew as a candidate.

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