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Monday, November 27

Ohio House 20th: McGregor (R) By Only 364 Votes Over Campbell (D)

The Franklin County Board of Elections announced this morning that incumbent Jim McGregor (R-Gahanna) defeated challenger Bev Campbell (D-Gahanna) by the tiny margin of 364 votes in the final vote count, down from a margin of 933 votes before absentee and provisional ballots were tallied. Since the unofficial count included just under 40,000 votes cast in this race, it appears that the final margin is not quite narrow enough to trigger an automatic recount.

UPDATE: According to an election observer who spoke to Bev Campbell at the Franklin County Board of Elections, she will seek a recount at her own expense, and will pursue other legal action against Jim McGregor. This is partially confirmed by the latest version of the Dispatch story, which reports that Campbell "might seek" a recount.

2nd UPDATE:
In the comments, Bev Campbell writes:
I would say the odds are extremely high that we will be seeking at least a partial, if not, full recount. The results certified today showed a margin of only 364 votes out of a total of 43356 counted. That does not include those provisionals/absentees which were disqualified or not counted for any reason. With only .17% more of the margin falling on our side we would have qualified for an automatic recount. And given the number of votes which it appears were not counted at all, we believe we have a moral obligation to see that every single legitimate vote is counted - and counted fairly.
I applaud her for standing up for true democracy. Let every vote be counted.

2 Comments:

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Hard to say without better data.

Our analysis showed as many as 3,500 uncounted votes on the table and she needs to get from 48.81% up to 49.75%

 
At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Bev Campbell said...

Hi. Bev Campbell here. I would say the odds are extremely high that we will be seeking at least a partial, if not, full recount. The results certified today showed a margin of only 364 votes out of a total of 43356 counted. That does not include those provisionals/absentees which were disqualified or not counted for any reason. With only .17% more of the margin falling on our side we would have qualified for an automatic recount. And given the number of votes which it appears were not counted at all, we believe we have a moral obligation to see that every single legitimate vote is counted - and counted fairly.

 

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