The count of absentee ballots in Clinton County remains incomplete, but the outcome of the closest legislature race will not change.

With 178 absentee ballots tallied in the Area 3 race, Democrat Sam Dyer held on to his victory over incumbent Republican Tom Sears.

Dyer led Sears by 56 votes on Election Day, Nov. 8, and his lead extended to 101 votes, including absentees, with the final count 909 to 808.

Dyer, a farmer, was happy with the result.

"I am going to do the job that I thought should have been done in the first place," he said.

"I am going to represent Area 3 and the agriculture community for all of Clinton County."

Sears said the voters made their choice.

"I ran a positive, clean campaign, and the voters voted, and that's it," he said.

Republican Board of Elections Commissioner Greg Campbell said that counting the 1,069 absentees was taking longer than expected.

"We have to go over each ballot, and it takes a while," he said.

"We should have it finished on Monday."

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