Runoff elections imminent for two Wake seats

Staff writerOctober 12, 2009 

— Frontrunner Jennifer Robinson will likely face a runoff with Lori Bush in the Cary Town Council District A race, according to results presented to the Wake County Board of Elections today.

Robinson led by a margin of 49.47 percent of votes previously counted in the Oct. 6 election, which left the possibility that provisional ballots could put her over the 50 percent-plus level needed to avoid a runoff. A count of provisional ballots showed that only 11 such ballots were approved in the candidates' Cary race, with seven of those going to Bush.

"I'm excited; I'm thrilled," Bush said after the count. "I'm privileged to have the vote of so many people."

In another close race, the results of Wake County's closely watched District 2 race remained unchanged. Leading candidate John Tedesco was also close to the level of voted needed to avoid a runoff, but he received only one additional vote from the provisional stack.

That means Tedesco will face second-place finisher Cathy Truitt in the Nov. 3 runoff.

The Wake Board of Elections will hold a vote on certifying the results tomorrow.

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