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August gains one vote in Kenosha recount

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Kevin Hoffman
September 23, 2010
— Kenosha County’s recount in the 32nd Assembly race inched Tyler August one vote closer to primary winner Adam Gibbs and the Republican nomination.

County Clerk Mary Schuch-Krebs said August gained one vote after her office recounted ballots for nearly three hours Wednesday morning. The new total from the Sept. 14 primary is 1,761 votes to 1,758 in favor of Gibbs.


Walworth County started its recount at the same time but must sort through nearly 7,000 votes in the 32nd Assembly race. The clerk’s office there believes its recount could last through the weekend.


Walworth County also must recount votes in the Richmond Township for the 45th Assembly, where Amy Loudenbeck beat Jeff Klett by 19 votes.


The canvassing board briefly reconvened Wednesday to add overseas ballots and recertify the election. Walworth County Clerk Kim Bushey said as many as 11 could arrive, but she received just one. It was cast for Dan Necci.


The 32nd District includes the southern half of Walworth County and Wheatland Township in Kenosha County. The clerk’s office in Kenosha said it reviewed 526 votes.


The recount created tension between the Republican candidates after it was delayed 24 hours when Gibbs couldn’t be located. Elections law requires that all candidates receive notice before a recount can begin.


August accused Gibbs of trying to “run out the clock” on a potential recount. Michael Gibbs, father and attorney for Adam Gibbs, raised questions about the canvassing board and what he believed were conflicts of interest its members had with August’s campaign.


Officials contacted Adam Gibbs about the recount late Tuesday afternoon, allowing clerks to begin the process Wednesday. Michael Gibbs said his son was in Madison working on campaign matters.



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