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Corrigan gets more votes than Dooley

08/04/2010

Though a good post title in November, it is heartening to see during the primary.  From StLToday.com:

Bill Corrigan, the Republican challenger for St. Louis County executive, drew 17,844 more votes than County Executive Charlie Dooley in Tuesday’s primaries.

The result energized the Corrigan campaign. Dooley’s spokeswoman said some factors unrelated to the Republican candidate increased Corrigan’s total.

The county primary elections had a 23.34 percent turnout. Voters took 83,962 Republican ballots compared with 66,487 ballots for Democrats.

Corrigan drew 88.59 percent of the Republican primary vote for the office while Dooley received 75.82 percent of the Democratic vote.

The difference in the vote totals “sends a strong message that people are not happy with Dooley,” Corrigan said.

Tuesday’s result “is not an indication of the November election,” Katy Jamboretz, spokeswoman for the Dooley campaign, said. A strongly contested race for the Republican nomination for state auditor drew voters to the Republican ballot, she said. Corrigan’s television ads 10 days before the election increased his name recognition, she said.

Neither Nick Farace, a Republican candidate for county executive nor Ronald Levy, a Democratic candidate for that office, had much campaign money or were well known.

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