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Recount Set for Sussex County Sheriff Primary

GEORGETOWN, Del. - There will be a recount Thursday of the votes for the Sussex County Republican Sheriff's race. 

The recount will be at the Department of Elections of Sussex County in Georgetown at 10am.

On Tuesday, challenger Robert T. Lee beat Sheriff Jeff Christopher by only 21 votes out of over 10,000. That is a marin of 0.2%. The state of Delaware requires a recount if the margin is under 0.5%.

According to Kenneth McDowell, the Director of the Sussex County Election Department, there has never actually been a turnover after a recount in Sussex County.

"21 votes doesn't worry me at all, honestly the difference today would be because everything's read mechanically by computers, even the absentees," he explained. "So I'll be pretty shocked if it changes, however lets find out."

Only absentee ballots will be count since the regular votes are cast via computer. 479 of the total in this race were absentee.

After the results came in Tuesday night, Sheriff Christopher hinted at a recount.

"We're going to take a look one more time just to make sure," he said. "It is a close race and if so the people have spoken and that's what I'll respect."

Turns out he doesn't have to request a recount, and now must wait for results a second time.

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