Close results in Missouri primary could lead to recounts
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The Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’ Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill For the sake of our democracy, politicians must stop bickering MORE and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump has declared war on our climate — we won’t let him win Stock slide bites boastful Trump, but rising wages great for GOP Millions should march on DC to defeat Trump Republicans MORE presidential campaigns are weighing whether to ask for a recount in Missouri following results that found them just two-tenths of 1 percent behind Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts report Warner attempted to talk to dossier author Poll: Nearly half of Iowans wouldn’t vote for Trump in 2020 Rubio on Warner contact with Russian lobbyist: It’s ‘had zero impact on our work’ MORE, respectively.
 
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Media outlets have yet to call the race due to the extremely close margins. The Missouri Secretary of State’s office said that all results are unofficial until they’re certified, which could take up to four weeks. 

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Trump leads Cruz by 0.2 percent, and the two are separated by about 1,700 votes.

On the Democratic side, Clinton also leads Sanders by 0.2 percent, and they are separated by about 1,500 votes. 

Stephanie Fleming, spokeswoman for the Missouri Secretary of State's office said the state still has to count military and oversees absentee ballots, as well as provisional ballots. Those military and overseas absentee ballotst have until noon on Friday to arrive to be counted.

Under Missouri law, candidates can ask for a recount if they are defeated by less than half of 1 percent.

So far, according to The Associated Press delegate tracker, Trump has been awarded 15 delegates of Missouri’s 52 total delegates. Cruz has yet to receive any.

Clinton has been awarded 43 of the 84 total delegates, while Sanders has received 32.
 
A spokesperson for the Cruz campaign said the campaign has seven days to decide about a recount. Fleming, of the Missouri Secretary of State's office, said the seven day limit to request a recount kicks in once the results are certified by her office.

According to The Washington Post, a Sanders campaign adviser said the Vermont senator will meet with top staffers later in the day to discuss the Missouri primary results.

"As of now, there are no plans to challenge anything," the adviser told the Post.

--Updated at 6:05 p.m.