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Meads requests recount

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Kevin Jones, R, Camden County Sheriff The Camden County Senior Center hosted a Brunch With the Candidates question and answer forum at the center on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Each candidate and the seat he or she is seeking is included with the photo caption. D. Cole Phelps, a Democrat candidate for NC Senate District 1 was unable to attend the brunch. John Morrison, the county attorney, served as the events moderator.

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From staff reports

Friday, May 18, 2018

CAMDEN — As expected, Camden Sheriff Rodney Meads has called for a recount of votes cast in the May 8 Republican sheriff’s primary after falling eight votes short of winning the election.

Meads, who still trailed primary winner Kevin Jones following the official canvass of the primary election on Friday, filed the recount request with the Camden County Board of Elections later the same day.

Although no time and date for the recount have been announced, it’s expected to take place early next week.

Meads’ request for the recount wasn’t a surprise. He had indicated on Thursday he would likely call for one given the close margin of Jones’ apparent victory.

Jones, a trooper with the N.C. Highway Patrol, collected 576 votes to Meads’ 568 in the May 8 GOP primary, according to the official results from Friday’s election canvass by the Camden Board of Elections.

In one-stop and absentee voting Meads out-polled Jones by 38 votes. However, Jones swept all three Camden precincts on election day on the way to his narrow victory. Jones’s primary-day margin of victory was strongest in the Shiloh precinct, which he won by 24 votes.

Jones could not be immediately reached for comment Friday.

If Jones’ lead holds up after the recount, he will face Democrat Rick Trevena in the general election in November.

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