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Doyle prevails in primary squeaker

May 12, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - In one of the closest margins in Jefferson County election history, Del. John Doyle squeaked by Robert C. Tabb by three votes following a canvass by the County Commissioners Friday of the votes cast in Tuesday's Democratic Primary.

Canvasses conducted in all three Panhandle Counties Friday also showed Gray Silver III ahead of David Camilletti by at least 30 votes in the race for the region's new fourth seat on the Circuit Court's bench.

Jefferson and Morgan finished their count Friday while the Berkeley County Commissioners stopped at 5 p.m. with two-thirds of their count complete. The commissioners will finish their canvass Monday morning, said Berkeley County Clerk John Small.

Camilletti, checking on results in the Jefferson County Courthouse Friday, said while he realized that Silver was ahead in Berkeley County, Silver's home county, he won't concede until the canvass is finished.

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Silver ended Tuesday's voting with 3,770, just 15 votes ahead of Camilletti's 3,755.

In Jefferson County, where Camilletti lives, he beat Silver by 1,004 votes Tuesday - 2,063 to 1,059. After Friday's canvass Camilletti's had 2,092 votes to Silver's 1,069. His lead went up to 1,023, but it wasn't enough to overcome Silver's apparent lead in Berkeley County.

In Morgan County Silver beat Camilletti 492 to 460 Tuesday. Silver gained 10 votes in Morgan County's canvass and Camilletti six, said Morgan County Clerk Ralph Shambaugh.

Camilletti said Friday that Silver was ahead of him by 30 votes in all three counties with a third of Berkeley County's vote yet to be canvassed.

Former Judge Patrick Henry, the third candidate in the three-way judge's race, was far behind Silver and Camilletti in all three counties.

Doyle was in Charleston, W.Va., Friday and was unavailable for comment.

Tabb, who sat through Friday's canvass in Jefferson County, said he would not seek a recount.

"I was there today and I saw all the ballots run through the machine," he said. "What I saw won't change anything."

He said his campaign made a difference.

"Del. Doyle will have to be a better representative now," he said. "I guarantee that two years from now you'll see Bob Tabb running again."

Tabb said he spent about $5,000 on his campaign.

"None of it came from special interest groups, only from individual contributions and my own resources," he said.

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