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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge is blocking a July 19 vote the North Las Vegas City Council had scheduled to settle a contested ward race between a Republican challenger and a Democratic council incumbent.

Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzales ruled Friday the council should certify the results of challenger Wade Wagner’s one-vote victory over Councilman Richard Cherchio before trying to resolve questions about whether an ineligible voter cast a ballot.

The council decided to redo the election in one precinct, letting all registered voters take part even if they didn’t cast ballots in the June 7 election.

Wagner’s lawyer accused the council of trying to manipulate the election outcome.

Cherchio tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal the ruling frees him to seek a recount and fight to keep his seat.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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