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Incumbent Randy Strnad wins Marion City Council at-large seat after recount unties race

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Randy Strnad

Randy Strnad

MARION, Iowa (KWWL) -- Incumbent Marion City Councilmember Randy Strnad has won reelection in the previously tied race for the at-large seat after a hand-recount of votes.

Strnad inched out a 3-vote win over Dale Monroe as the recount, which started on Tuesday, resulted in Strnad finishing with 3,249 votes and Monroe finishing with 3,246. These are the unofficial results. 

Before the recount, Strnad and Monroe were tied with 3,244 votes each. Monroe was leading by one vote following election night, but the lead flipped to Strnad by one vote after provisional ballots were counted. Then, a write-in vote for Monroe was found and counted, tying the race. 

If the recount had resulted in a tie again, there would have been a random drawing from a hat to determine the winner.