Dowd's lead in Pittsburgh council race increases by 10 votes

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The Allegheny County elections division added 14 previously uncounted votes yesterday to the tally in the close Democratic primary race between Pittsburgh Councilman Len Bodack and his challenger, school board member Patrick Dowd. The emergency ballots and previously uncounted absentee ballots boosted Mr. Dowd's lead from 82 votes to 92 votes.

In a news release, Mr. Dowd's campaign said a concession by Mr. Bodack was "inevitable" and called for an end to "any unnecessary delays."

Mr. Bodack has said he will await final certification of the vote count, which must occur by June 4. He could not be reached for comment.

Elections staff said they hope to issue a preliminary result, likely similar to yesterday's tally, by week's end. Then, any party has five days to challenge the result.


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