Inabinet unofficial winner

In close voting, Andy Inabinet is the unofficial winner of the special primary for Seat Three, Oconee County Council. Inabinet’s margin over fellow Republican Paul Cain amounted to 35 votes. Last night’s tally showed Inabinet at 444 votes and Cain 409. Officials estimate there are between eight and ten provisional ballots to be examined. The Oconee Elections Commission meets tomorrow morning for the purpose of certifying the results. Unclear last night was the timetable for Inabinet to begin to fill the remaining months of the term of the late Archie Barron. With no other ballot opposition awaiting him in the special May election, Inabinet wondered aloud last night about the possibility of being declared winner before next month’s election. At whatever point Inabinet is declared winner and able to take office, at that point he said, he will tender his resignation as the District Three member of the Oconee School Board of Trustees, for which Inabinet serves as chairman.