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Seminole and Largo elections could face recounts



Two elections could face recounts after tight races left tiny margins between the candidates.

In Seminole, where the top two vote getters out of three candidates win, City Council incumbent Jim Quinn beat challenger Thomas Christy by 0.24 percent, or just 31 votes. The third challenger, incumbent Thomas Barnhorn, had a clear victory with about 2 percent over Quinn and Christy.

Largo Commission incumbent Curtis Holmes beat his opponent, Neil McMullen, by 0.72 percent.

There are still 38 provisional ballots to count in Seminole and 132 in Largo before determining if the votes meet the recount margin of a half-percent or less, said Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections spokesman Jason Latimer.

If Seminole stays within that margin, it will trigger a machine recount. If it’s within 0.25 percent after that, it would advance to a manual recount, Latimer said. Largo would only have a recount if the provisional ballot count brings the margin within half a percent.

The canvassing board is meeting at 10 a.m. Friday to count the remaining ballots.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4:15pm]


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