Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Johnson still wins the House seat

The Knox County Election Commission has wrapped up counting absentee ballots and it doesn't appear that the extra votes changed the outcome to any election, including the closest one for the 13th state House District seat, according to the unofficial results.

Late last night, Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers said the county had about 5,800 voters cast ballots by mail, so not everything would be complete until today. 

The Central Absentee County Board is now done counting, according to the Knox County Election Commission's website.

The closest race of the night – before absentee ballots came in – was the contest between Democrat Gloria Johnson and Republican Gary Loe, who were vying for the state House seat. Johnson held a 395-vote lead.

That race had 625 absentee votes and Johnson's lead dropped to 296.

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