(05/21/2008)
Ron Blankenship, a Calhoun candidate for the 33rd District-House of Delegates, filed papers yesterday in Gilmer County requesting a recount of last Tuesday's ballots.

He said he will file recount papers in Clay County today.

"A number of supporters from the district have really encouraged me to ask for a recount," Blankenship said.

Blankenship was down only 12 votes from Clay candidate David Walker, following a three-county canvass of provisional (challenged) ballots.

Walker picked up 12 votes in the Clay canvass Monday, after Blankenship tied the vote following canvasses last Friday in Calhoun and Gilmer.

Gilmer's vote canvass added five votes to Blankenship's tally, and Calhoun's canvass added ten.

The final tally following Clay's canvass Monday: Walker 1,200 and Blankenship 1,188.

BRAXTON RECOUNT LOOMING

A recount of the Sheriff's race in Braxton County is looming.

Monday's canvass didn't change the outcome, but a spokesperson with the County Clerk's office says there could be a recount in the democratic race for Braxton County Sheriff.

Only 25 votes separate George Keener and Chuck Hosey.

Keener received 1,128 votes and Hosey got 1,103.

No one had filed the paperwork yesterday.


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