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Wilmington municipal results official

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WILMINGTON -- The results of last week's Wilmington municipal elections are official. New Hanover County Board of Elections officials canvassed the votes Tuesday, taking a look at the final numbers. New software from the state was used to tally the votes and the Board of Elections Chair Margaret Haynes says there was just a minor glitch. Margaret Haynes with the New Hanover County Board of Elections said, "The votes only changed something like 100 votes overall, and that was for the computer not reading a certain part of the equipment. So I think the votes were very similar to what they were on election night and the actual results did not change on who was elected." Haynes says the new software used for this election was extremely helpful in eliminating human error in relaying information. Two city council candidates filed for a run-off at the Board of Elections Tuesday. City Council candidate Ronald Sparks said, "To come from a field of 12, to come to four for the first time, that's a good showing, so we're starting up full speed for our next election." City Council candidate Susan Clarke said, "It's a little nerve wracking knowing now that I face another almost a month of campaigning, but I'm ready for it, anxious to do it, and get my message across." Sparks received more than ten percent of the vote, and Clarke received more than eight percent. Voting for the council seats takes place on November 6.

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