Race tied after candidate’s wife fails to vote

In some elections, every vote really does count, as Walton, Ky. City Council candidate Robert McDonald has learned

Each candidate captured 669 votes, but one ballot McDonald is sure would have gone his way was never cast. His wife, Katie, who works nights as a patient care assistant at Christ Hospital and is finishing nurse’s training at Gateway Community and Technical College, didn’t make it to the polls yesterday.

“She feels bad enough,” McDonald said. “She worked extra hours, goes to school and we have three kids, so I don’t blame her. She woke up about ten minutes before the polls closed and asked if she should run up, but I told her I didn’t think one vote would matter.”

It appears that the election will be decided by a coin toss. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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