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  With Rodriquez-Sanchez ahead 13 votes, Mell calls for recount in 33rd ward
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News DateWednesday, April 17, 2019 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCHICAGO — The results are still unofficial, but it appears two closely-watched City Council races will be decided with less than 40 votes separating the winners from the losers.

In Chicago's closest election, challenger Rossana Rodriquez-Sanchez appears to have edged out incumbent Ald. Deb Mell in the 33rd ward runoff by just 13 votes.

The results are unofficial until the Chicago Election Board certifies them Thursday, although additional legal battles could follow.

Either way, the results seem to be too close for Mell to give up, tweeting on Wednesday morning:

“The Board of Elections shows that I am 13 votes down with 11,495 votes cast. In many municipalities, in an election this close, a recount would be automatically triggered. I'll be asking for a discovery recount that will conclude next week. I owe it to my supporters and staff.”

During the discovery recount, Mell will be looking for evidence to support a formal election challenge.
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