Detroit mayoral mix-up: Votes tossed, state getting involved

State to validate latest count that shows Benny Napoleon topping Mike Duggan in race

DETROIT - Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey has some explaining to do.

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The Wayne County Board of Canvassers say the August primary was botched by Winfrey's poll workers -- workers she and the Detroit director of elections vowed were trained and ready to go.

It was originally reported that write-in candidate Mike Duggan received the most votes. Duggan would have been the first write-in candidate in Detroit's history to win a primary election.

But on further review of the votes, some 20,000 write-in votes for Duggan weren't tallied correctly, according to the board.

According to board, the new numbers show Benny Napoleon received 28,391 votes while Duggan received 23,970 votes.

An 11:30 a.m. press conference is planned.

Duggan says there's more to it.

"The county clerk is closely allied with my opponent," he said.

Duggan and Napoleon will square off in the general election in November.

Will Detroit voters even go to the polls wondering if their say will be tossed out?

"I am going to ask the federal government's justice department to come in and monitor this election from this point forward," Napoleon said.

The board has asked the state to come in and validate the numbers.

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