EDER HASN'T GIVEN UP - May ask for recount in District 118 race

John Eder has not conceded his race to Jon Hinck and may ask for a recount.

Eder, a Green Independent who ran for reelection to the state House in Portland's District 118, trailed Democratic opponent Hinck by just 97 votes at the end of election day, according to the Portland city clerk's website and Hinck. Hinck tells the Phoenix he has not received a concession call yet from Eder, and Eder confirmed this in an email sent today to the Phoenix in which he wrote, "I have not contacted my opponent at this point since the matter of a recount is still under review."

According to state law, Eder has until next Wednesday at 5 pm to call for a recount. Any candidate can call for a recount, even if they lost in a landslide, but they must pay a fee related to the margin of votes cast in the race. Since Eder lost by less than 100 votes, a margin of just over 3 percent, he would have to pay a $500 fee for the recount. If the recount reverses the election, Eder would get his money back. The recount would likely take only a few hours, the Elections rep says.

This post was updated at 3:09 pm, Nov. 10, to correct a reporter's error.






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