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A recount in a Yellowstone County legislative race narrowed the win margin from 17 votes to 15.

The recount in Montana's House District 51 race, conducted Tuesday, resulted in a net gain of two votes to the losing candidate, Democrat Darryl Wilson. Republican Frank Fleming retained his election win, as was expected.

No recount has ever changed the result of a Yellowstone County election, according to Elections Administrator Bret Rutherford.

"Yellowstone County has conducted many recounts over the years and no recounts have ever changed the victor or changed the outcome of an issue," Rutherford said in an email announcing the recount. 

The recount was paid for by Wilson, as required by state law when the win margin is greater than 0.25 percent. A win with a smaller margin can be requested by the losing candidate and paid for by the county.

The cost of the recount was estimated at $1,100.

On Wednesday the county began its recount process for the Department 8 district court judge race. The recount was expected to conclude Friday. 

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Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.