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After two recounts, Seminole City Council election still up in the air

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Pinellas elections officials spent much of Tuesday recounting votes in the race for two seats on the Seminole City Council.

But by the end of the day, the final results are still uncertain. A final decision won’t be made until Friday when the final overseas mail ballots will be counted. There are 74 of those countywide. It’s unclear how many might be from Seminole.

The order of finish stands as it did on Election Day — Thom Barnhorn in first place. Jim Quinn in second place. Tom Christy a hairsbreadth behind Quinn in third place. Barnhorn and Quinn are incumbents. Christy is making his seventh try for a seat on the council.

At the end of Tuesday’s machine and manual recounts, Quinn and Christy were separated by only 28 votes, or about 0.21 percent separating the two. State law mandates a recount when the margin separating two candidates is 0.5 percent or less.

Under Seminole’s rules, the two top vote-getters will win.

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