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Orange's At-Large Lead Extended After New Vote Count

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    With just 543 votes separating incumbent Vincent Orange and Sekou Biddle for at-large D.C. Council, the city's board of elections is still counting absentee and special ballots. News4's Derrick Ward reports. (Published Friday, Apr 13, 2012)

    Vincent Orange is one step closer to winning the At-Large D.C. Council seat after outstanding absentee and provisional ballots were tallied on Friday.

    After the count, Orange had a total of 23,719 votes compared to Sekou Biddle's total of 21,973. According to the D.C. Board of Elections, the results will not be officially certified until a public board meeting on Wednesday.

    Still Too Close to Call in Orange Vs. Biddle

    [DC] Still Too Close to Call in Orange Vs. Biddle
    With just 543 votes separating incumbent Vincent Orange and Sekou Biddle for at-large D.C. Council, the city's board of elections is still counting absentee and special ballots. News4's Derrick Ward reports. (Published Friday, Apr 13, 2012)

    Orange had a 543-vote lead over Biddle before the outstanding ballot count. That lead was bumped to 1,746 votes. If the margin of victory was less than 1 percent, an automatic recount would have been in order. That won't be the case, however.

    With a lead of almost 3 percent a recount won't take place without Biddle's request.

    Orange was the only incumbent council member who faced a significant challenge.

    "We obviously thought it was going to be a very close race," Biddle told News4's Derrick Ward. "It's obviously turned out to be much closer than I or anybody else anticipated."