Bodack waiting for official vote count

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Pittsburgh Councilman Len Bodack said today that he will await official certification of the results of Tuesday's Democratic primary before deciding whether to concede or challenge results that, unofficially, show him losing to challenger Patrick Dowd by 81 votes.

"The results are unofficial," Mr. Bodack said as he entered the City-County Building this morning. "We're going to let the process continue and we'll see where we are at the end."

Mr. Dowd, a school board member, has claimed victory, and his campaign said that absentee ballots have been counted and there are not enough emergency or provisional ballots to alter the result. Mr. Bodack said he did not know how many uncounted ballots there might be.

The Allegheny County Return Board meets at 9 a.m. tomorrow to compute and canvass the results of the primary. The board has until June 4 to formally certify the results of the primary to the state.

If unofficial results hold, Mr. Bodack will be one of three council members to lose their seats. Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle lost decisively to the Rev. Ricky Burgess, and Councilman Jeff Koch has conceded losing by 11 percentage points to Bruce Kraus.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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