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Provisional ballot count under way across Montana

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 GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- State election officials are counting 5,500 provisional
ballots that could help decide the race for superintendent of public instructions.
   Incumbent Democrat Denise Juneau holds a slight lead over Republican challenger
Sandy Welch. Welch has said she would request a recount if the result stands
and is within the allowable margin.
   Election officials began counting those ballots on Tuesday. Secretary of State
spokeswoman Terri McCoy says final tallies from all counties are expected
Wednesday afternoon.
   Missoula County has the most, with 2,000. Elections administrator Vickie Zeier
 tells the Missoulian an initial tally of most of those ballots Wednesday showed
Juneau gained votes over Welch by more than a 2-to-1 margin.
   Gallatin County has nearly 800 provisional ballots and Cascade County has
about 300.
   AP-WF-11-14-12 1540GMT

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