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Sheboygan County clerk blames computer mishap for ballot counting delays

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - The Sheboygan County clerk blames computer problems for a delay in counting ballots, which caused the 6th District U.S. House primary to get a lot closer during the night.

The AP had declared Glenn Grothman the winner of the GOP primary before most observers went to bed. But the final tally had Grothman defeating Joe Leibham by only 214 votes out of almost 65,000 cast in the four-way primary.

The margin is within the half-percent threshold which would give Leibham a free recount if he wants one. He cannot ask for it, though, until after each county does a final canvass of its votes next week.

Grothman told WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee Wednesday morning that he feels "real good" about the results. He hoped there would not be a recount but he added, "We'll just have to see."

The final Sheboygan County election results did not get onto the county's Web site until 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, due to the technical problems.

County Clerk Jon Dolson said municipal clerks could not upload their results onto the county's computers. He said the problem would be fixed in time for the November 4th election, when the GOP winner goes against Democrat Mark Harris for the House seat given up by 36-year Republican Tom Petri of Fond du Lac.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)