Judge Orders Recount in Disputed Primary Race

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A judge has ordered a second recount in a disputed judicial race in Palm Beach County - as soon as the county has accounted for about 3,500 missing ballots.

Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Francis also decided on Tuesday that if other problems surface, the race be put on the Nov. 4 ballot. The votes would not be counted if the race is decided by the recount.

Having a special election would have cost over $1 million.

County officials should be finalizing the ballot count Wednesday.

Candidate William Abramson was ahead 17 votes on election night, which triggered a recount. During that recount, 3,500 ballots appeared to go missing and the incumbent candidate, Circuit Judge Richard Wennet, was ahead by 60 votes.

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