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Posted: November 13, 2012 2:01 p.m.

Sheriff's race recount finds one vote difference

IN BRIEF:   The recount in the sheriff's race concluded today with 18,759 votes for challenger Eric Levett, or 50 percent, and 18,727 votes for incumbent Jeff Wigington, or 49.91 percent. That is a one vote difference from the totals reported on Friday after provisional and absentee ballots were counted, which concluded with 18,760 for Levett and 18,726 for Wigington.

"This is one of the closer election results in recent electoral history in the state, which is why Sheriff Wigington had decided it was necessary to exercise his right to request a recount of the November 6th election results," Sheriff Wigington's attorney, Paul Vranicar, said following announcement of the recount results Tuesday. "At this time the sheriff has not made any specific decision regarding whether a further challenge of the electoral results will be necessary. There is a lot of information we need to sift through, a few leads we need to follow up on and data we essentially need to analyze before that determination can be made. Under the law, the sheriff would have five days to make that determination before filing a suit in Rockdale County Superior Court."

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