Faulkner County recount does not change outcome

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The outcome of the Republican primary in the Faulkner County Clerk's race is unchanged after a recount of votes.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports Friday's recount shows deputy county clerk Margaret Darter defeated Marvin Lessmann by a count of 4,523 to 3,823. Initial vote totals were 4,522-3,822 in favor of Darter.

Lessmann has said he was locked out of the courthouse when he arrived about a minute before closing time on May 22 - the last day to file a recount petition.

Two election commissioners, the county clerk and the county clerk's office staff say they were present at the 4:30 closing time waiting for Lessmann because they knew was supposed to be coming, but that he never arrived,.

Darter faces Democrat Aaron Knight in the November election.

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