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He said that in the wake of the recount he also could foresee possible lawsuits which could start quickly if one of the candidates pursued that path.

“We may see filings even before the state board results,” he said, adding that watching lawyers across the state monitoring provisional ballots could be a harbinger.

Mr. Troy, however, was skeptical about a lawsuit.

“I’ve been handling election laws for years, and I’ve never heard of a situation where a state was sued because someone did not like the way it conducted an election,” he said.

Regardless of the route the candidates take once the results are certified, Mr. Troy said one goal should remain in the minds of everyone involved.

“”The key motivation here for everyone should be, there comes a time when the electioneering ends and the governing begins,” Mr. Troy said.