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7th S.D.: Keep counting those candidates as in dispute

Republicans are now raising suspicions as to why Democrats and Sen. Craig Johnson continue the vote-review process when, they say, it is “mathematically impossible” for them to win. Democrats deny Jack Martins is the certain winner, based on vote-machine troubles.

For the GOP, lawyer Peter Bee:

“The board of elections has advised me the candidates are approximately, a little more than 400 votes apart and there are only about 200 disputed ballots to fight over, approximately have of which are objected to by each side. It’s a mathematical certainty Mr. Johnson cannot win the election at this point. I am casting about for some logical reason the Democratic side continues to drag this process out.”

For the Democrats, lawyer Steve Schlesinger:

"The voting machines have failed the audit and there is somewhere, it appears on average, between 2 and 6 ballots per machine that were mis-scanned. If there are 274 voting machines, let’s say it’s four ballots on average, you have 1200 ballots that appear to be unaccounted for amongst other errors in the machine. We’re going to have to hand count the machines and if I’m right, based on the audit to date, there will be 1200 errors, so that a 300 or 400 margin is insufficient (to call the race).”
 

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