Regardless of what you have read anywhere else, Linda Ketner lost her race for the 1st Congressional District by a hair, not a mile.

Voters woke up today to news that Henry Brown had bested Democrat Linda Ketner by a 20 point spread. The news was based on old, incorrect numbers and it was actually less than 5 points difference. The final numbers were 176,383 to 162,576.

Early Charleston numbers suggested Brown soundly defeated Ketner in the county, but it turns out Ketner won Charleston by more than 10,000 votes.

There are still thousands of absentee ballots to county, but it’s unlikely to make a difference in the larger spread.

Ketner has no idea what her next move will be politically, but she’s determined to preserve her collection of supporters.

“I’m not going ot waste this army of people,” she says. “We’re up to about 163,000 soliders for change.”

The role of that army is not yet known, but it possibly could include some type of citizen action committee to call attention to regional issues like the environment, education, or political corrpution, Ketner says.

Losing by a scant 13,800 votes, Ketner says that this is a symbol of the sea change in the 1st District.


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