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Walk-in Ballots Don't Change St. Croix Election Results

Nov. 6, 2008 — While an upset was possible, there were no upsets or surprises as the St. Croix Board of Elections counted walk-in ballots for Tuesday's senatorial race.
Board members counted some 322 senatorial walk-in ballots Thursday, revising each candidate's tally at the end, but each of St. Croix's seven presumptive senate winners remained in the same relative position.
Wayne James remains in seventh place, with 4,712 votes. Incumbent Sen. Ronald Russell is still in eighth place with 4,641 votes and remains dislodged from his seat. With 71 votes between Russell and James, and up to 175 mail-in votes yet to be counted, it is statistically improbable but entirely possible Russell could yet claw his way back to his seat. Sen. James Weber III, another incumbent who was not reelected, has 4,625 votes, only 16 behind Russell, so Weber could also, at least hypothetically, overtake James and retain his seat.
None of the other candidates are close enough to strike the mark even if every remaining mail-in and provisional ballot went to them.
The board began counting walk-in ballots for candidates to the Board of Elections and Board of Education and will finish Friday. They will then begin counting mail-in ballots, but by law that count can not be certified until ten days after the election.
Below are the revised vote tallies for St. Croix, including the count from polling places and the count of walk-in ballots, but not including mail-in and provisional ballots.
St. Croix Election Results
Candidate Votes

Terrence "Positive" Nelson (ICM) 7,371
Michael Thurland (D) 6,277
Sammuel Sanes (D) 5,223
Nellie Rivera O'Reilly (Ind.) 5,008
Usie Raymond Richards (ICM) 4,881
Neville James (D) 4,727
Wayne James (D) 4,712

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