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County Council Candidate Lost by 6 Votes, Recount Requested

Doyle Niemann asked for a recount of provisional ballots after losing to newcomer Deni Taveras in the Democratic primary for Prince George’s County Council.

Doyle Niemann lost to Deni Taveras by six votes. He has requested a recount. File|Patch
Doyle Niemann lost to Deni Taveras by six votes. He has requested a recount. File|Patch
The race between Prince George’s County Democrats Doyle Niemann and Deni Taveras came down to six votes for the nomination for the County Council district 2 seat.

But on Thursday, Niemann’s attorney filed a petition asking for a recount of provisional ballots, according to The Washington Post. Niemann believes the election board rejected about two dozen ballots when they should have been counted.

“Both Deni and I lost votes from people who legitimately came to vote,” Niemann told The Post.

Official election results show Taveras won with a total of 2,423 votes (50.1 percent) against  Niemann’s 2,417 votes (49.9 percent).

Taveras was a first-time candidate, The Daily Record reports. She was a former staffer for Sen. Victor Ramirez.

“We are confident about everything [the Board of Elections] did,” said Dara Lindenbaum, Taveras’ attorney. “Deni Taveras was certified the winner, and we are sure that will stay intact.”

The winner will run unopposed in November’s general election, according to The Post.

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