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Louisiana Democratic sheriff's candidate wins by one vote as GOP opponent requests recount

The Democratic candidate, who won by a single vote per the unofficial results, expressed confidence that he would remain victorious.

Published: November 22, 2023 8:18am

The Democratic candidate for sheriff in the Louisiana parish of Caddo won by a single ballot, causing the Republican candidate to request an official recount after he lost by 0.00002% of the vote, according to the unofficial election results.

GOP candidate John Nickelson posted a letter Tuesday on Facebook asking the Caddo Parish clerk to order a hand recount and inspect all 43,241 in-person, absentee, mail-in and provisional ballots cast in Saturday's runoff election for sheriff as well as any rejected ballots after Democrat Henry Whitehorn won by one vote.

Nickleson also included a $1,200 cashier's check to cover the recount.

"This extraordinarily narrow margin—a difference of .00002—absolutely requires a hand recount to protect the integrity of our democratic process, and to ensure we respect the will of the people," Nickleson wrote on Facebook.

Whitehorn expressed confidence that he would remain victorious.

"I’m grateful I came out victorious with one vote. It’s like we tell people all the time: every vote counts. I’m thankful that the results are what they are, and I believe they will stay as they are," Whitehorn said Monday, according to local outlet KSLA 12.

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