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Less than 300 votes separate Finlay from McCulloch

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The race for state House District 75 between candidates Joe McCulloch and Kirkman Finlay remains completely up in the air with less than 300 votes separating both men.

According to preliminary vote tallies, Finlay leads McCulloch by only 265 votes. Last night, the numbers favored McCulloch.

Those votes are being disputed because according to the Election Commission, when a portion of the absentee ballots were counted, Finlay had more than 250 votes while McCulloch had none.  There is an audit that should be completed on Friday to determine if there has been a discrepancy.

The bottom line is there is no official winner just yet.

There are still 11 write-in ballots as well as an unknown number of provisional and fail safe ballots that have yet to be counted. We're told that will happen and the results will be certified starting 9 a.m. Friday.

Neither campaign chose to comment directly on the results that came out except to thank their supporters.

Both men are vying to fill the seat vacated by Jim Harrison, who held the seat for two decades.

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