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Judge Overturns Election Results For Sheriff In Southeastern Kentucky


WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (AP) - A judge has overturned the results of a
sheriff's race in eastern Kentucky after ruling that write-in votes
listing only a candidate's first name should have been counted.
Circuit Judge David Tapp ruled yesterday that the McCreary
County board of elections should have counted an additional 57
votes for write-in candidate Gus Skinner, meaning Skinner won and
can assume office.
Randy Waters, who has been serving as sheriff since January,
said he would appeal the ruling and would seek an injunction
barring Skinner from taking office.
Skinner's attorney says Tapp's decision was correct and that
Skinner plans to be sworn in as soon as possible.
The ruling said Skinner is well-known by his first name "Gus"
and he based his strategy in part on emphasizing his first name in
campaign materials.
Walters was declared the winner by one vote after a recanvass.
Skinner sued, claiming among other things that the election board
should have counted the 57 "Gus" votes.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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