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Election: Henry holds narrow lead, Paulman soars with outlying votesTell North Platte what you think
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Bill Henry held a razor-thin lead in the race for county commissioner Tuesday as the Lincoln County election totals were reported, but 50 provisional ballots are yet to be processed and could change the outcome.

Unofficially, just nine votes separated Henry from Ken Main after all the precint ballots were counted. Provisional ballots will be reviewed on Thursday, Lincoln County Clerk Becky Rossell said. 

Provisional ballots are cast when a voter is not listed at the precinct when they arrive at the poll. They register and vote, and the information is checked later to be sure it is correct.

Rossell said the final tally might be known late Thursday or early Friday. If that margin is within 6 votes, an automatic recount will be triggered.

The winner of the commissioner's race will advance to an uncontested spot on the November ballot, unless a new challenger mounts a write-in campaign. All three commissioner candidates are Republicans, so the three-way competition is decided in the primary election.


In the race for the Legislature, Roric Paulman took the lead as votes from outlying precincts were counted. Mike Groene held the early lead from precincts in North Platte. Paulman ended up winning by more than 300 votes. Both he and Groene will advance to the general election. Challenger Scott Dulin was eliminated from the race.


City council

In the race for city council, Martin Steinbeck and Lawrence Ostendorf advanced to the general election in November to represent ward 4. Steinbeck, the incumbent, won the race with 82 more votes than Ostendorf. Challenger Tracy Martinez was eliminated.

Just over 30 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.

On Thursday, a non-partisan canvassing board will double-check the totals in addition to reviewing the provisional ballots, as required by state law.

The unofficial results:

County Commissioner – District 3

(Top vote getter wins the race.)

Bill J. Henry (R) - 663

Kenneth Main (R) - 654

Ronald W. Books (R) – 573


State Legislature

(Top two vote getters advance to November ballot.)

Roric Paulman – 3,018

Mike Groene – 2,695

Scott Dulin – 1,429


City Council – Ward 4

(Top two vote getters advance to November ballot.)

Martin Steinbeck - 302

Lawrence Ostendorf - 220

Tracy J. Martinez - 119



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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/14/2014
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