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Dean Loumos wins Madison school board seat after close race


MADISON (WKOW)-- There have been a lot of close election races in our area. Several resulted in ties. In Madison, the race for school board seat 3 came down to the absentee ballots that were counted Friday evening.

Candidate Wayne Strong was trailing Dean Loumos by 279 votes. The absentee ballots were only able to shorten that margin of victory by two votes.

Strong was originally thinking he could make a come back with the 1,300 absentee ballots in Madison. However, only 171 of them came in before the deadline of 4:00 pm Friday. So even if Strong did win every single absentee vote he wouldn't have been able to close Loumos's lead.

Election officials tallied the absentee votes and came up with 65 for Strong and 63 for Loumos.

"This was an extremely close race. We all want to just wait to let every vote count because that is important. Nobody, especially me, wants to win if you didn't win. That's not proper," candidate Dean Loumos says.

With the race finishing so close, a recount can be requested. Strong says he is still debating whether or not he will pursue a recount in this race.

"Depending on the margin, if it is within 0.5% we'll certainly do a recount. If it's greater than that we'll assess it and see how close it is. It's not outside the realm of possibility that we will ask for a recount," Strong says.

Recounts in the city of Madison are free to candidates if the margin of victory is 0.5% or lower. In this case it was 0.76%. That means the candidate requesting the recount would have to pay $5 per ward. According to the city clerk's website there are 113 wards in the city of Madison. It would cost $565 for Strong and his campaign to pursue a recount.

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