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CHEYENNE - Democrats picked up another seat in the Wyoming House on Tuesday with Jim Roscoe's win over Republican Charles Stough in a special election to represent House District 22, according to unofficial results.

Roscoe got 320 votes to Stough's 163 votes in a revote held in a single Alpine-area precinct, according to the Lincoln County Clerk's Office.

House District 22 includes parts of Lincoln, Sublette and Teton counties. Stough led Roscoe by 41 votes in the district's other precincts, but Roscoe's victory in the Alpine precinct special election pushed him over the top.

Roscoe received a total of 2,843 votes to Stough's 2,727 districtwide, making Roscoe the winner by just 116 votes, according to unofficial results. The state canvassing board will meet next Wednesday to certify the results.

Messages left with Roscoe, of Wilson, and Stough, of Pinedale, were not immediately returned Tuesday evening.

With the victory, Democrats have picked up two seats in the Wyoming House this month, but Republicans still dominate the chamber by, 41-19.

The canvassing board ordered the revote for the one Alpine-area precinct because improper votes were cast there during the Nov. 4 general election. Eleven residents of Lincoln County from another House district had mistakenly cast ballots in the House District 22 race.

The Alpine precinct is the only part of Lincoln County included in House District 22. Tuesday's results were similar to the results of Nov. 4, when Roscoe beat Stough 368-323 in Lincoln County and by four votes districtwide.

The state canvassing board, made up of four statewide elected officials, approved the one-precinct special election despite Attorney General Bruce Salzburg's opinion that state law didn't give the board authority to order a special election for just a part of a district.

Secretary of State Max Maxfield, the canvassing board chairman, was the only board member to vote against the one-precinct vote, saying he favored a full district revote.

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