Constitution Party candidate Tim Utz is paying for a recount in Minnesota House District 41B despite finishing with only 13 percent of the vote.
According to his Facebook page, Utz's campaign canvassed voters in Hilltop, Minnesota (population: 749) and found at least 35 people who voted for Utz when official election results recorded only 26 votes.
"When we found our 27th Utz vote, we had to take a step back. There was no doubt now there was a problem," wrote Utz, who hosts one of the most interesting campaign websites in Minnesotan politics.
Utz solicited donations for the cause and the recount began today at 9 a.m.
DFL candidate Carolyn Laine won District 41B with 57 percent of the vote, and Republican Camden Pike came in second with 28 percent. The district covers a small portion of the north metro just north of northeast Minneapolis.
"There is no intent of changing the winner, rather validate targeted precinct results for accuracy. If there is no issue everyone goes on with life," he wrote in an email after we reached out for comment.