UPDATE: Vote Recount Gives Democrats Council Control In Pence's Hometown

Nov 6, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to hundreds in Indianapolis at the American Legion's national convention.
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UPDATE:

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Democrats will enter 2020 with a City Council majority in Republican Vice President Mike Pence's Indiana hometown for the first time since the 1980s after a recount confirmed a candidate’s one-vote victory margin.

Democrats captured their 4-3 Columbus City Council majority in November’s election as they defeated two Republican incumbents, including Democrat Jerone Wood’s 260-259 win over Republican Councilman Dascal Bunch.

A recount requested by Bunch was completed Dec. 13 and didn’t change those results. Wood says the Democratic council majority is “a change in a good direction” for Columbus. The city's Republican mayor was unopposed for reelection.

ORIGINAL POST:  

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Democrats will hold a City Council majority in Vice President Mike Pence's Indiana hometown for the first time since the 1980s if a candidate's one-vote victory margin holds up.

Unofficial results from Tuesday's local election show Democrats winning a 4-3 Columbus City Council majority as they defeated two Republican incumbents. Republican Councilman Dascal Bunch might seek a recount of the 260-259 tally favoring Democrat Jerone Wood.

Bartholomew County Democratic Party chairman Bob Hyatt says the council victories came from young candidates stepping up and wanting to make a difference.

Republican Mayor Jim Lienhoop was unopposed for reelection. He says city leaders have worked across party lines for a long time.

The county clerk says Democrats last won a City Council majority in the 1983 election.