Priest edges Edge for Bladen Commission after vote count problem in redo election

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The do-over election in Bladen County was not completed until late last night. What was meant to be a new election to be clean of controversy almost came up short.

At around 10 p.m. state and county elections staff realized votes were counted incorrectly at the Hollow polling precinct in Tar Heel. This resulted in a recount of those votes.

County officials recounted up to 130 ballots.

Before the count incumbent, with votes from the other seven precincts in, Bladen County Commissioner Russell Priest was trailing Republican challenger Wayne Edge by five votes. After the final tally, unofficial results show Priest won reelection by four votes.

“I’s been a wild ride,” Priest said. “It’s been upsetting to her, to me and my children. they couldn’t understand why.
Everybody has got to be assured that their candidates are full-fledged, honest and are going to work for the betterment of Bladen County.”

Because of the narrow margin, the election is eligible for a recount.

Priest won the November election over Edge by 234 votes.

Priest says the do-over election has been stressful for him, and he, like the voters we heard from, all hope this can move the county forward in a positive direction.

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