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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Feb. 4, 2000 – Marshall Islands Journal)---Mudge Samuel cruised to victory as Majuro’s new mayor in Monday’s special runoff election.

According to unofficial results, Samuel received 1,764 votes to incumbent Tarnile Isboda’s 692, the Electoral Administration reported.

This total does not include postal absence ballots, which by law, cannot be counted until 14 days after the election.

Electoral administrator Joseph Jorlang said that the postal ballots will be counted on February 15. Once those are counted, a final unofficial result will be announced. If there is no protest within two weeks, the results become official, he said.

While Samuel just barely won the November 15 election race by just four votes over Ishoda, there was no question about Monday’s results, as Samuel picked up 72 percent of the votes cast.

According to Majuro Atoll Local Government’s constitution, a candidate must gain 50.1 percent of the ballots cast. With 10 candidates competing for election in the November election, no one gained the requisite majority, forcing a special runoff election Monday.

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