On the face of it, there is nothing particularly unusual about this:
The losing candidate for Oklahoma County sheriff is asking county election officials to count the votes again.
Darrell Sorrels, a former sheriff’s deputy who works as a contract security officer for the U.S. Marshals Service, filed papers Friday seeking a manual recount of the race results.
Sorrels, 58, of Midwest City, also put up a $25,800 deposit to cover the costs of the recount.
This is all in compliance with the law: legally, any candidate may ask for a recount, but the candidate must pay for the expense incurred.
But here’s the punchline:
Incumbent John Whetsel beat Sorrels, 163,839 to 89,353, according to the county election board.
Historically, recounts have been called for after races finishing with splits like 50.2 to 49.8 percent, not 64.7-35.3. What’s missing from this story?