* Press release from last night…
Jim Oberweis, candidate for Congress in the 14th District, is issuing the following statement on the discovery recount his campaign has formally launched.
“Today my campaign has formally initiated the process to begin a discovery recount. We are seeking a discovery recount in each of the seven counties within the 14th Congressional District. A discovery recount does not change a single vote, but it does allow us to see if the outcome might change with a full recount. Election law provides campaigns the ability to request a discovery recount in close elections. As we have said for the last few weeks, we would be seeking a discovery recount and the first of these recounts have been formally filed in DuPage County. We will be filing paperwork in the other counties in the coming days.”
Unofficial totals showed Underwood, of Naperville, with 203,209 votes, or 50.7%, compared with 197,835 votes for Oberweis, or 49.3%, in the west and northwest suburban and exurban district. […]
A discovery recount involves a partial sample of votes cast in the congressional district, which includes DuPage, DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. Unofficial results showed Underwood winning in all but McHenry and DeKalb counties.
If results from a discovery recount differ, the result of the election would not automatically change. But the recount could be used as the basis for a court challenge to the election results.
Needless to say, don’t expect a change in the end result. A 1.4 percentage point lead doesn’t just vanish.
*** UPDATE *** Press release…
Lauren Underwood for Congress released the following statement in response to news reports regarding Jim Oberweis’ pursuit of a discovery recount. This statement is attributable to Underwood spokeswoman Andra Belknap:
“The votes in this race have been counted and Mr. Oberweis lost. As he has acknowledged, a discovery recount cannot change the outcome of this election. Congresswoman Underwood is in Washington focused on the job she has been elected to do.”