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Little changes after W.Va. vote recounts

December 02, 2004|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A recount of votes in West Virginia's nine-county 15th Senatorial District race has resulted in few changes as Republican challenger Clark Barnes declared victory.

The recount was requested by incumbent state Sen. Mike Ross, D-W.Va., after the candidates were separated by 287 votes on election night and by 336 votes after canvasses.

After Monday's recount in the nine counties, Barnes was credited with 21,999 votes while Ross had 21,665, according to The Associated Press.

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In Morgan County, Barnes received 3,646 votes to 2,365 for Ross. A total of 14 more votes were cast for Ross that were not counted on Nov. 2, Morgan County Clerk Debra A. Kesecker said.

The recount at the Morgan County Commission offices started at 9:30 a.m. and ended at 7:30 p.m., she said.

Barnes also won handily in the portion of Berkeley County represented by the 15th District senator. The final numbers in Berkeley County after the recount were 1,607 for Barnes and 794 for Ross, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Barnes is a certified hearing instrument specialist who owns 15 Heritage Hearing Centers throughout West Virginia. He also owns General Lee Properties Inc., a construction and real estate development firm in Randolph County.

"I think any time you defeat an incumbent, the answer is there are a certain number of people tired of the way things are going," Barnes told The Associated Press.

Two other Democratic candidates requested recounts.

On Wednesday, a recount was held in the Morgan County Circuit Clerk's race between incumbent Republican Kimberly J. Jackson, Democratic candidate Linda Barker, who requested the recount, and Independent candidate Tina Stone.

The complete, but unofficial results of Nov. 2 showed Jackson as the winner. Results of the recount were not available Wednesday night.

On Friday, the Morgan County magistrate race will be recounted at the request of Democratic candidate Debra Ditto. Incumbent Greg Miller and Kermit Matthew Ambrose, both Republicans, received the most votes, and Ditto came in third.

A $300 bond was posted by each of the three Democratic candidates to pay for the recounts.

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