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December 22, 2014

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Losing candidate may seek recount in governor race

A candidate who got less than 5 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary election race for governor has contacted the Secretary of State’s Office for information about a recount.

Allen Rheinhart is asking for a check of the vote's accuracy in the race won by Robert Goodman in a field of eight candidates.

Scott Gilles, chief deputy in charge of elections, said he has received a request from Rheinhart and he will supply him the information.

Gilles said each county must complete a canvass of the final vote by Wednesday, after which a candidate will have three days to make a challenge. The last deadline for submitting the request is June 23.

The person requesting the recount must pay its cost; Gilles had no immediate estimate on the cost.

Rheinhart says he and four other candidates are looking into a recount, and he questions whether fraud occurred.

Rheinhart, who lives in Las Vegas, received 4.9 percent of the vote compared with 24.7 percent for Goodman, who trailed “none of these candidates” that gathered 29.6 percent.

Rheinhart could not be reached by phone but emailed his decision to the news media.

Goodman, who left the day after the election for a trip to China, Hong Kong and the Philippines, says in an email the election was properly conducted.

He will face Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval in the general election. Sandoval said initially he has never talked with or met Goodman but amended his statement Monday saying he may have talked with Goodman and many others at a governors' conference.

Goodman said in an email Sunday he talked with the governor about investments in Nevada and he met Sandoval last year at the Western Governors Conference in Utah with potential investors from Asia.

Goodman ran twice for lieutenant governor in Nevada without success. He was second in the Democratic primary election in 2006, getting 21 percent of the vote. In 2010, he picked up 18.3 percent of the vote.

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