Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Traci LeBrun
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Mills recount efforts suspended


Republican candidate for the U.S. Representative District 8 seat, Stewart Mills, has suspended his recount effort against democratic incumbent Rick Nolan. On Tuesday, November 29, Mills filed for a recount request with Secretary of State Steve Simon stating the primary reason for the recount being the .56 percent margin of defeat.

On Friday, December 3, Mills stated he decided to suspend the recount effort after much consideration, thought and prayer, along with consulting with his his family and supporters.

In a statement provided to the Duluth News, Mills said, “The cost estimates of this recount in terms of volunteer time and expense was excessive; instead of spending financial resources to recount votes, I’ve decided to donate a portion of that to the Salvation Army.” Mills added that refunds would be made to anyone who donated to the recount effort and he would let people decide if they would like their contribution to go to the Salvation Army.

Mills congratulated Congressman Nolan, stating they did not agree on everything but he did respect the congressman and wishes him the best.

Of the 356,971 votes cast on November 8, Nolan received 179,097 votes (50.17 percent) and Mills received 177,088 votes (49.61 percent). The margin in percentages is .56 percent and in votes is 2,009. In the write-in category, there were 786 votes.

In a November 28 interview with the Pine County Courier, Mills stated, “It would be negligent of us not to count every vote by hand and that the will and intent of the voters gets heard and that no one is disenfranchised.”

He added it was a very unpredictable election cycle with very unpredictable results stating there was some “head-scratching” going on with Congressman Nolan getting 40,000 more votes than Clinton.


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