State Representative Wins By One Vote

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Here’s a news flash for those of you who don’t think your vote counts. A St. Louis County race for state representative is still in doubt because of a one-vote margin.

Because district lines were re-drawn, two incumbent state reps squared off in the 87th district in mid-county. And after the votes were counted, state Representative Stacey Newman beat state Representative Susan Carlson by one vote.

Election Day’s over. But like Yogi Berra said it ain’t over until it’s over.

And it may go on for several more weeks.

After the votes were counted Tuesday night, Representative Newman had 1,823 votes. Representative Carlson had 1,822 votes.

The St. Louis County Elections Board has to certify the results. That could take a couple of more weeks. And if the results are within one percent, the loser can ask for a re-count, which she will. So then all 36,045 votes in the 87th district primary will be re-counted.

Uncertainty that may not be cleared up until Labor Day.

Believe it or not, this very same thing happened only two years ago in a state representative race in western Missouri. That one too was decided by one vote.

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