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Recount shows Leach with more votes

August 11, 2000

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Thursday's recount of Democratic primary votes cast in the 47th Kansas House race still favored Lana Leach.

Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes said the rural Lawrence woman earned six more votes after the ballots were hand-counted by a special recount board made up of three Democrats and three Republicans.

The recount put Leach at 361 votes and challenger Bruce Hanson of Oskaloosa at 352. When votes were tallied on the night of the primary, the pair tied with 348 votes each.

The recount won't be official until Douglas County's canvassing board meets at 9 a.m. today to confirm it. Results then will be forwarded Monday to the secretary of state's office.

Hanson requested the recount last week after the Douglas and Jefferson county canvassing boards approved 12 challenged ballots. Hanson gained three votes from the canvass; Leach earned seven. The third candidate, Lisa Whitehair-Carver, received two.

Jaimes said the recount board counted the same votes as canvassers, as well as eight hand-counted ballots that machines missed on election night because they were torn or stained. Those ballots added one vote each to Hanson and Whitehair-Carver, six to Leach.

Leach, seeking public office for the first time, said she can sigh with relief.

"I'm glad we're finally to the point if someone asks if you won or lost I can give them a straightforward answer," she said.

Leach said she now can focus on her general election campaign against Republican Lee Tafanelli. She seeks to replace State Rep. Joann Flower, R-Oskaloosa. Flower did not seek re-election.

Hanson could not be reached for comment.

Canvassers today also will break ties for precinct committeewoman in the Sixth Precinct, Second Ward, and precinct committeeman in First Precinct, Seventh Ward, by drawing lots or a coin toss. Jaimes said the recount did not change the results in any other race.

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