by Pilar Pedraza
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
11:38 AM CDT, August 16, 2012
(SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan.)
Provisional ballots are being counted in Sedgwick County. The 1,000 plus ballots will make a difference in at least five races, two of which are tied.
Jeff Blubaugh is a candidate in one of those races for the Kansas House of Representatives 97th District. He was just 27 votes behind Leslie Osterman. Blubaugh came with his son to observe the canvassing. The results would determine whether he won or lost.
After the canvassing, Blubaugh remained precisely 27 votes behind Osterman. They both received the same number of votes from the provisional ballots. He is considering asking for a recount which would cost him $1700.
In the other tight races, Democrat Barry D. Stanley beat Rebecca Armstrong by three votes, 183 to 180, for the 85th House District nomination. On the Republican side, Craig Gabel lost to Rick Lindsey by just 13 votes, 468 to 483, for the 96th House District nomination. There was also a vote on a proposed local option budget increase for the Andover School District, which is in both Sedgwick and Butler Counties. Going into the canvass, the issue was tied. After the canvass it passed by two votes, 1591 to 1589, including the Butler County numbers. Butler County had already certified its results and was just waiting for the Sedgwick County results.
A total of 1038 provisional ballots were cast in Sedgwick County during this primary. Of those, 848 were actually counted.
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