No recount in mayor’s race

Published 10:30 pm Thursday, November 15, 2012

There is no recount permitted in the mayoral race that incumbent Linda T. Johnson won by 1.06 percent, Electoral Board Chairman Kenneth Carpenter clarified on Thursday.

Earlier, Carpenter had said runner-up Leroy Bennett may be able to request a recount if he paid for it himself.

However, Carpenter has since learned that’s not possible, he said.

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After all the votes were counted, Johnson tallied 18,392, with Bennett receiving 18,005.

The difference, 387, equals slightly more than 1 percent. Only a difference of 1 percent or less would entitle Bennett to demand a recount.

A third candidate, Art Bredemeyer, received 4,429 votes.

Bennett said by phone Thursday that he is meeting with supporters to hear their thoughts about problems during the election.

“I’ve had some of my people telling me there were machine problems going on,” he said. “Other things might have been going on. I want to look at whether or not we want to look at that.”