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County updates vote counts in sheriff's race: Results unchanged

Crow Wing County Sheriff candidates Scott Goddard (left) and Pat Pickar (right).1 / 4
Eric Klang2 / 4
Scott Goddard3 / 4
Pat Pickar4 / 4

It was a close Crow Wing County sheriff's race between the top two vote-getters in the primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 14—candidates Scott Goddard and Pat Pickar.

Results are still unofficial and have changed slightly since vote totals were reported after midnight Tuesday—but the change doesn't affect the outcome. Pickar and Goddard each garnered more than 4,000 votes in the 2018 primary election to stay in the sheriff's race. Candidate Eric Klang had the least amount of votes and is out of the race.

Tuesday night it was reported only 40 votes separated Pickar and Goddard, with Pickar leading. Updated information placed the gap at 69 votes. Klang told the Dispatch Wednesday he was surprised by the election results and expected he would've continued in the race.

"As part of the election results processing, we verify the information that was reported on election night and compare it with the certified results from the election judges to make sure that everything ties out," Deborah A. Erickson, Crow Wing County administrative services director, stated in an email. "We have 18 precincts that vote exclusively by mail, and those ballots are tabulated in two ways — through the central count process for those that were returned by mail, and through the tabulator for those voters who used the direct balloting at our office during the last seven days before the election. We had some issues with the central count system jamming when processing the mail ballot precincts last night so we chose to use a back-up system to process them. When we added those results, we accidently didn't save the mailed-in ballot results for the city of Cuyuna so only the in-person ballots were reported (Tuesday) night; which reflected only four of the 85 total votes in Cuyuna."

Erickson said the results are unofficial until the canvassing board certifies them on Friday. She said it's not uncommon for data entry errors to be caught during this proofing process, which can sometimes result in small changes in vote totals from what was originally reported.

The updated results with 64 of 64 precincts reporting show:

• Pickar, a Crow Wing County sheriff's deputy, received the most votes with 4,533;

• Goddard, a captain with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, received 4,464 votes;

• Klang, Pequot Lakes police chief, received 3,910 votes.

Pickar and Goddard now will go head to head in the general election Nov. 6—less than three months away. The sheriff candidate who wins the general election will take office Jan. 1, 2019. Current Sheriff Todd Dahl announced his retirement and will be done Dec. 31.

Unofficial vote totals by precinct

• Baxter Precinct 1, East: Goddard, 200; Klang, 184; and Pickar, 277.

• Baxter Precinct 1, West: Goddard, 126; Klang, 99; and Pickar, 191.

• Baxter Precinct 2, East: Goddard, 126; Klang, 87; and Pickar, 155.

• Baxter Precinct 2, West: Goddard, 74; Klang, 72; and Pickar, 194.

• Bay Lake Township: Goddard, 69; Klang, 90; and Pickar, 97.

• Brainerd Ward 1, Precinct 1: Goddard, 40; Klang, 49; and Pickar, 74.

• Brainerd Ward 1, Precinct 2: Goddard, 117; Klang, 129; and Pickar, 180.

• Brainerd Ward 2, Precinct 1: Goddard, 88; Klang, 61; and Pickar, 100.

• Brainerd Ward 2, Precinct 2: Goddard, 85; Klang, 43; and Pickar, 88.

• Brainerd Ward 3, Precinct 1: Goddard, 45; Klang, 44; and Pickar, 69.

• Brainerd Ward 3, Precinct 2: Goddard, 92; Klang, 76; and Pickar, 83.

• Brainerd Ward 4, Precinct 1: Goddard, 83; Klang, 57; and Pickar, 65.

• Brainerd Ward 4, Precinct 2: Goddard, 47; Klang, 48; and Pickar, 46.

• Breezy Point: Goddard, 230; Klang, 161; and Pickar, 119.

• Center Township: Goddard, 83; Klang, 80; and Pickar, 92.

• Crosby, Precinct 1: Goddard, 70; Klang, 73; and Pickar, 106.

• Crosby, Precinct 2: Goddard, 50; Klang, 25; and Pickar, 83.

• Crosslake, Precinct 1: Goddard, 125; Klang, 122; and Pickar, 56.

• Crosslake, Precinct 2: Goddard, 101; Klang, 101; and Pickar, 36.

• Crow Wing Township, Precinct 1: Goddard, 115; Klang, 91; and Pickar, 151.

• Crow Wing Township, Precinct 2: Goddard, 0; Klang, 0; and Pickar, 1.

• Cuyuna City: Goddard, 18; Klang, 17; and Pickar, 47.

• Daggett Brook Township: Goddard, 36; Klang, 24; and Pickar, 36.

• White Precinct: Goddard, 112; Klang, 90; and Pickar, 100.

• Dean Lake Precinct: Goddard, 5; Klang, 9; and Pickar, 17.

• Deerwood City: Goddard, 19; Klang, 17; and Pickar, 32.

• Deerwood Township: Goddard, 115; Klang, 98; and Pickar, 128.

• Emily City: Goddard, 74; Klang, 70; and Pickar, 38.

• Fairfield Township: Goddard, 34; Klang, 28; and Pickar, 23.

• Fifty Lakes City: Goddard, 65; Klang, 42; and Pickar, 21.

• Fort Ripley City: Goddard, 10; Klang, 5; and Pickar, 13.

• Fort Ripley Township: Goddard, 54; Klang, 32; and Pickar, 113.

• Gail Lake Township: Goddard, 20; Klang, 0; and Pickar, 0.

• Garrison City: Goddard, 12; Klang, 7; and Pickar, 22.

• Garrison Township: Goddard, 43; Klang, 64; and Pickar, 84.

• Ideal Township: Goddard, 131; Klang, 96; and Pickar, 34.

• Irondale Township: Goddard, 67; Klang, 71; and Pickar, 95.

• Riverton City: Goddard, 11; Klang, 8; and Pickar, 5.

• Ironton City: Goddard, 16; Klang, 23; and Pickar, 57.

• Jenkins City: Goddard, 27; Klang, 28; and Pickar, 8.

• Jenkins Township: Goddard, 81; Klang, 51; and Pickar, 16.

• Blue Precinct: Goddard, 186; Klang, 137; and Pickar, 182.

• Lake Edward Township: Goddard, 182; Klang, 191; and Pickar, 144.

• Little Pine Township: Goddard, 7; Klang, 10; and Pickar, 4.

• Long Lake Township: Goddard, 112; Klang, 54; and Pickar, 93.

• Manhattan Beach City: Goddard, 15; Klang, 6; and Pickar, 2.

• Maple Grove Township: Goddard, 70; Klang, 35; and Pickar, 43.

• Mission Township: Goddard, 81; Klang, 76; and Pickar, 66.

• Nisswa City: Goddard, 182; Klang, 212; and Pickar, 118.

• Nokay Lake Township: Goddard, 58; Klang, 49; and Pickar, 72.

• Oak Lawn Township: Goddard, 108; Klang, 94; and Pickar, 111.

• Pelican Township: Goddard, 45; Klang, 51; and Pickar, 45.

• Pequot Lakes City: Goddard, 188; Klang, 160; and Pickar, 59.

• Perry Lake Township: Goddard, 19; Klang, 22; and Pickar, 31.

• Platte Lake Township: Goddard, 4; Klang, 17; and Pickar, 35.

• Rabbit Lake Township: Goddard, 31; Klang, 30; and Pickar, 48.

• Roosevelt Township: Goddard, 29; Klang, 48; and Pickar, 44.

• Ross Lake Township: Goddard, 28; Klang, 21; and Pickar, 29.

• St. Mathias Township: Goddard, 33; Klang, 41; and Pickar, 71.

• Timothy Township: Goddard, 26; Klang, 12; and Pickar, 5.

• Trommald City: Goddard, 8; Klang, 5; and Pickar, 12.

• Wolford Township: Goddard, 28; Klang, 22; and Pickar, 40.

• Red Precinct: Goddard, 106; Klang, 145; and Pickar, 127.

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