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Winner declared in St. Francois Co. Commissioner primary after tiebreaking vote


St. Francois County voters got a second shot at selecting their County Commissioner Sept. 8 after a tie - and the people have spoken.

Incumbent District 1 Associate Commissioner Gay Wilkinson won the election against former State Representative Linda Black, by a vote of 1561 to 1280.

Back on August 2, their original primary election resulted in a tie.

The St. Francois County Clerk says with their original count Wilkinson won by one vote.

However, after a recount by Black - it resulted in a tie - causing the need for a re-do of their primary race.

In the first election the County Clerk says it showed Wilkinson with 1,588 votes, and Black with 1,587.

The St. Francois County Clerk, Mark Henrick, says he’s never seen anything like this before.

“It’s strange. It was something new to me. I’ve never had a run-off, and actually really strange because there was another tie in another county for the same position," Henrick said.

The County Clerk also says they prepared for this re-run like they would any other election - especially with the elections coming up in November.

“It runs just like a regular election. We have to do everything with absentees. The whole thing, but in a short short time frame," Henrick said.

“It does count. Every vote counts as it turns out. It ended up being a tie so – every vote counts," Henrick said.

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