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Democrats Ron Drake and David Orentlicher are still waiting. Their contest in the 8th district congressional race is too close to call.

They are currently separated by just 64 votes. Both say they’re hopeful that come May 16th, they’ll be named the democratic challenger to incumbent republican Larry Bucshon, until then patience and continuous campaigning are key.

If a vote count is too close to call for political hopefuls in Indiana, there is no automatic recount. That means with just 64 votes separating 8th district congressional candidates Ron Drake and David Orentlicher, the ball is in someone else’s court.

“So now we’re waiting for my opponent to decide whether or not to challenge or request a recount,” Drake said.

Considering Sullivan native Ron Drake is in the lead, it would likely be that Terre Haute native David Orentlicher would challenge the returns and foot the bill for a recount.

“We’re watching the official canvas. When I first ran for the state legislature in 2002 we saw a 64 vote change from the initial results to the official canvas so we’re hopeful that we’ll see that kind of a change in this race,” he said.

With provisional votes still coming in, May 16th is the deadline for an official canvass of the votes. During that time, Orentlicher is hopeful to see the same kind of vote swing he did more than a decade ago.

“From what we saw, voters were very enthusiastic when they heard about my background, training in medicine and law and my teaching,” he said.

He says the issues he’d like to tackle in Washington are important to voters, Affordable Health Care being one of his main focuses.

For drake, he’s learned a lot from his past political experience.

“When in doubt, don’t rest, go campaign,” Drake said.

Going door to door in his home territory of Sullivan County gained him more than 850 votes.

“I’m not, I wouldn’t say anxious, I just trust that it will all work out as it should,” Drake said.

Once the official number of votes come in May 16th, either candidate can decide if they’d like to pay for a recount. The cost to challenge a tally depends on how close the numbers are.

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