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Sheriff candidate calls for recount

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OKLAHOMA  CITY—While the votes have finally been tallied in Florida, it seems there will be a recount for a race closer to home.

John Whetsel was declared the winner of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s race on Tuesday night after he earned about 65 percent of the vote.

However, his opponent, Darrell Sorrels, wants officials to take a closer look at those results.

Sorrels filed paperwork Friday asking for a manual recount of the race results.

He has also spent more than $25,000 as a deposit to cover the costs.

Whetsel is now responding to the news of a recount, saying Sorrels does not trust our system of democracy or Oklahoma voters.

In a statement he said, “I believe it is pure harassment and total lunacy that Sorrels and his band of conspiracy-minded supporters would spend more than $25,000 to make the election board hand recount the ballots cast in this election.”

Whetsel also questions where Sorrels is getting the money to contest the election.

A hearing on the issue is set for Wednesday at 9 a.m.