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In Tied Race, Candidate's Wife Didn't Vote

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In Tied Race, Candidate's Wife Didn't Vote

In Tied Race, Candidate's Wife Didn't Vote

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

One more election story for you. This week, 27-year-old Bobby McDonald ran for one of six city council seats in the town of Walton, Kentucky. Now, the race ended in a tie. McDonald and one other candidate each got 669 votes, but how?

BOBBY MCDONALD: Well, there's many ways you can tie. But in my situation, I let my wife sleep in and not go vote that day. And she's mad at me because I did not wake her up.

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RAZ: Now, the McDonalds are a busy family: three kids, Bobby manages the family business; it's a campground. His wife is a nursing student, and she also works at a local hospital.

MCDONALD: So she pretty much counts the hours that she sleeps on one hand. I thought I was well-known enough, campaigned well enough, you know, that I didn't need to interrupt her sleep to get elected.

RAZ: Now, if neither candidate asks for a recount, the race will be decided by a flip of a coin. It looks like that's what's going to happen. Meantime, a lot of people have been calling Bobby since his story appeared in a local paper.

MCDONALD: I had folks from USA Today and Fox News. And I had a call from "Anderson Cooper Live" that they wanted to talk to me. So...

RAZ: Bobby, do you have an agent?

MCDONALD: Do I have an agent? No.

(LAUGHTER)

MCDONALD: No. I think this is just my 15 minutes of fame, and it's going to run out eventually. So...

RAZ: Bobby says he'll use those 15 minutes to lobby for early voting in Kentucky, which he hopes will save people lots of time and frustration.

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