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Butts Still Ahead in Stalled Voting in Inglewood Mayors Race  

By Ann K. Williams
Lookout Staff

January 14 -- With some 6,000 ballots counted and roughly 600 more to go, the race for Mayor of Inglewood seems stalled since Wednesday morning's “unofficial tally” showed former Santa Monica Police Chief James Butts in the lead.

Butts had 3,162 votes to Incumbent Mayor Daniel Tabor's 2,508 according to figures released by the Inglewood City Clerk, figures that haven't changed in nearly two days.

Cheryl Moore of the City Clerk's office said that the results will not be announced until Tuesday.

Butts told The Lookout Thursday afternoon that six to seven hundred absentee and provisional ballots remain to be checked and counted before the results are announced.

“It's my understanding that it's mathematically impossible for (Tabor) to catch me,” Butts said.

Melanie McDade, Butts' campaign office manager told the LookOut Thursday morning “We don't know why they haven't finished counting.”

She noted that if the number of provisional ballots is less than the difference between the candidates' votes, they usually aren't counted.

For his part, Tabor said the race isn't done yet.

“This has been a long and hard-fought campaign,” Tabor told his supporters in an announcement on his campaign website.


“It's my understanding that it's mathematically impossible for (Tabor) to catch me.” Butts

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