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Recount to be held in Guernsey County judge's race

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Board of Elections confirmed primary totals on Tuesday afternoon

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- A recount will be held to determine the Democratic candidate for judge of the Guernsey County Probate/Juvenile Court.

On Tuesday, the Guernsey County Board of Elections voted to certify the updated election results from the May primary election. Board of Elections Director Sandra Miller told AVC News that Andy Warhola maintained his slim victory over Kent Biegler, 930 votes to 921; therefore, a mandatory recount will be performed on Thursday, May 29.

By state law, a recount is mandated if the margin of victory is one-half of one percent or less than the total number of votes cast for both candidates.

The updated totals, released on Monday afternoon, included the votes cast on election day, as well as five absentee ballots and 26 provisional ballots not included in the preliminary totals.

The winner of that recount will face Republican David Bennett in the general election. Bennett, Biegler, and Warhola are all seeking to replace retiring Judge Robert S. Moorehead Jr., who was prevented from running again due to the constitutional age restriction.

Just one vote separated Warhola from Biegler after the initial primary election results. Warhola led Biegler by the narrowest of margins, 918 votes to 917, in the count on May 6.

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