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The margin separating Betty Yee and John A. Pérez in the race for second place in the California controller primary is smaller than those of all but four statewide elections across the country that triggered recounts from 2000 through 2013, records show.

The difference in the controller's race represents just one-hundredth of 1 percent – 481 votes out of more than 4 million ballots cast as of Tuesday, the canvassing deadline.

That is less than 19 other contests that have had recounts since 2000. Of the four races that also had .01 percent margins, ensuing recounts changed the Election Day results in two cases while upholding the results in two others.

The Pérez campaign issued a statement Tuesday saying that it is still determining if a "recount is warranted."

The chart below shows recount history since 2000, sorted by margin separating the two candidates:

Statewide recounts in U.S. since 2000
StateYearOffice/InitiativeRequested or automaticRecount resultOriginal marginRecount marginShift
Data source: The Center for Voting and Democracy
Arizona2010Proposition 112AutomaticUpheld0.01%0.01%0.00%
Minnesota2008U.S. SenateAutomaticOverturned0.01%-0.01%0.02%
Virginia2013Attorney GeneralRequestedUpheld0.01%0.04%0.03%
Virginia2005Attorney GeneralRequestedUpheld0.02%0.02%0.00%
Oregon2008Measure 53AutomaticUpheld0.06%0.07%0.01%
Vermont2006Auditor of AccountsRequestedOverturned0.06%-0.05%0.11%
Colorado2000State Education BoardAutomaticUpheld0.08%0.01%0.07%
Washington2000U.S. SenateAutomaticUpheld0.08%0.09%0.01%
Georgia2004Court of Appeals JudgeAutomaticUpheld0.08%0.09%0.00%
Montana2000Superintendent of Public InstructionRequestedUpheld0.10%0.10%0.01%
Alabama2004Amendment 2AutomaticUpheld0.13%0.13%0.00%
North Carolina2006Court of Appeals JudgeRequestedUpheld0.22%0.22%0.00%
Alabama2006Constitutional AmendmentAutomaticUpheld0.32%0.39%0.06%
Wyoming2004Amendment A**AutomaticUpheld0.35%0.32%0.03%
Wisconsin2011Supreme Court electionRequestedUpheld0.49%0.47%0.02%
Washington2000Secretary of StateAutomaticUpheld0.49%0.48%0.01%
Wyoming2004Amendment C**AutomaticUpheld0.52%0.50%0.02%
North Carolina2010Court of AppealsRequestedUpheld0.55%0.62%0.06%
Alaska2004U.S. SenateRequestedUpheld3.31%3.22%0.08%
Pennsylvania2009Superior court RaceRequestedUpheld4.59%4.60%0.02%

PHOTO: Under the watchful eyes of observers for then-U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman and challenger Al Franken, election official Kay Schuch sorts through ballots during the 2008 recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. Mankato Free Press/John Cross


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