Close election results for a North Dakota House race in District 43 could result in an automatic recount after Nov. 13.

There was a 32-vote difference between candidates Matt Eidson and Ben Olson, who on Tuesday night received 24.51 percent and 24.16 percent of the vote, respectively.

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Those numbers warrant an automatic recount, which can occur when there's a difference of half a percent. Candidates can demand and pay for a recount if there's a difference of 2 percent or less.

The county will schedule a recount if it's still necessary after the canvassing advisory board meets Nov. 13, according to Grand Forks County Auditor Debbie Nelson. Results are still unofficial, as her office is still waiting for late absentee ballots postmarked on Nov. 5.

Voters who cast "set-aside" ballots can have until that board meeting to show proper ID at their polling places.

Democratic-NPL candidates for all three available seats were ahead of Republicans Tuesday night, according to unofficial results. Senate candidate JoNell Bakke had 52.56 percent of the vote, over incumbent Sen. Lonnie Laffen, who had 47.31 percent of the vote.

State House candidate Mary Adams was in the lead with 28.17 percent of the vote. Incumbent Rep. Rich Becker came in last with 22.99 percent of the vote.