Vote certified in close state Senate race

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Three county boards of election have separately certified the results of their elections, closing the books on the Democratic Senate District 22 primary election.

Certification by Cheatham, Houston and Montgomery county election officials signify they view the vote tallies correct as recorded.

The final count showed incumbent Sen. Rosalind Kurita defeated attorney Tim Barnes by 19 votes out of 4,477 cast in the three counties.

The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville reported Montgomery County was the last to certify results and did so on Monday.

The newspaper said Barnes now has five days to contest the election within his party.

Barnes said on Monday he plans to file a petition with state party leaders challenging the results on Wednesday or Thursday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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