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Recount breaks tie in Brownsville mayoral race

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

A court-ordered recount in a Fayette County mayoral race broke a tie between two candidates who staged a write-in battle for the Republican nomination.

James S. Lawver beat out Lester Ward by two votes, tallying 18 write-ins to Ward's 16, according to Larry Blosser, election bureau director.

The two candidates had been tied at 14 prior to Monday's court-ordered recount. Judge John F. Wagner Jr. ordered the recount after a hearing last week.

Blosser said problems with write-ins occurred when some voters failed to mark a box next to the name of their write-in candidate. Because the boxes were not marked, a computer that scans the ballots did not recognize the votes, Blosser said.

The ballots were individually examined during Monday's recount to identify all of the write-ins, Blosser said.

Lawver's write-in win means the two men will battle it out for mayor in the fall because Ward had previously defeated Lawver for the Democratic nomination.

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