Kucinich asks for recount in N.H. Democratic primary

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Democrat Dennis Kucinich says he will ask for a recount of Tuesday’s New Hampshire Democratic primary ballots.

In a letter to the Secretary of State, the Ohio congressman cites what he calls “serious and credible reports, allegations, and rumors” about the integrity of the results.

In particular, Kucinich alludes to online reports of alleged disparities between hand-counted ballots, which tended to favor Senator Barack Obama, and machine-counted ones that tended to favor Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

He also notes the difference between pre-election polls indicating Obama would win and Clinton’s upset win over Obama, 39 percent to 37 percent.

Kucinich, who finished with less than 2 percent of the vote, said he doesn’t expect significant changes in his vote total, but wants assurance that the vote was accurate.

Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan says Kucinich is entitled to a statewide recount but, under state law, will have to pay for it. Scanlan says he has “every confidence” the results are accurate.

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