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Win margin in Caddo sheriff’s race still one vote after recount

Nov 27, 2023 | 5:16 pm ET
By Louisiana Illuminator
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Win margin in Caddo sheriff’s race still one vote after recount
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A recount Monday, Nov. 27, 2023, confirmed that Henry Whitehorn won the Caddo Parish sheriff's race by one vote out of more than 43,000 cast earlier this month. (campaign photo)

Monday’s recount in the Caddo Parish sheriff’s race ended with the same margin of victory in the Nov. 18 election — a one-vote win for Democrat Henry Whitehorn against Republican John Nickelson.

Nickelson called for the recount three days after the election, when the results put Whitehorn ahead by a single ballot out of more than 43,000 cast. A review conducted Monday at the Caddo Parish Courthouse and Shreveport produced three more votes for each man, leaving the winning difference unchanged.

Nickelson, a former Shreveport City Council member, can turn to state court to order a recall election if he refuses to accept the recount results.

Whitehorn, a former Shreveport police chief, replaces Sheriff Steve Prator, who announced his retirement earlier this year after 50 years in law enforcement.