Fixed computer glitch turns losing Republican into a winner in Oakland County

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A computer error led election officials in Oakland County to hand an upset victory Wednesday to a Democrat, only to switch the win back to an incumbent Republican a day later. Oakland County Commissioner Adam Kochenderfer, R-Rochester Hills (Photo: Oakland County( In Oakland County’s 15th county commission District — representing Rochester and Rochester Hills — the initial count gave a 104-vote margin to the Democrat, Melanie Hartman, amounting to a razor-thin majority of 50.08%. That stunned the incumbent, Adam Kochenderfer, giving him a sure sense that he’d lost in a district long deemed a Republican stronghold. “I thought that was that,” Kochenderfer said. “Those were the results, and I said I would not seek a recount.”

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