La Mar Gunn lost an election not in the actual count, but in a fictional certification. The normally quiet Kent County Recorder of Deeds Race was heated and now is boiling. The two parties are ready to go to war over the recount of the recount of the recount of absentee ballots that was said to flip the race from La Mar Gunn, the Republican Challenger to Betty Lou McKenna, the Democratic incumbent. The story is intriguing. On Election night, Gunn won. Democrats tried to file a case before the board of canvass which complained that Delaware State University Students who lawfully registered were not legitimate voters. The voters in question happened to be Black. Democrats began there to sow the seeds of division in their own coalition. The challenges were dispatched. It got down to the count. It was verified. The votes were then carefully recounted according to the law. Lamar Gunn increased his lead. One person said she made a mistake when her tally did not add up to everyone else’s so they decided to recount every ballot instead of just her tally. Then they decided to have another recount after dinner when most of the 30 people had gone home to verify the last recount. It was presumed that the election would be certified, but the fateful decision was made to recount it yet again without a request to do so from the Department of Elections or the parties involved. That recount was already of dubious legitimacy. Even worse because most of the people were home now, they mixed all of the ballots together for the entire county and violated the separation by election district and Representative district. They counted the ballots and made a ruling to find voter intent where ballots may have been marked incorrectly. 4 new votes were found from previous undervotes. No one from our side was allowed to see them and they were mixed back into the mix. The Department of Elections was angry. They literally called it B. S. When the board of canvass was questioned about this, one of the attorneys became argumentative. The election was now tied. Both parties’ attorneys and the Department of Elections agreed to a solution. Let the ballots be run through the scanners one at a time and re-segregate them by district, count the ballots and find the 60 undervotes then check to find the 4 disputed ballots. The judges so ruled and told every one to go home. It was 10:30 p.m. Then 20 minutes later the court reconvened without petition from the parties and demanded oral arguments on the spot for statutory justification for delaying the certification and reversed their ruling. However the count certified was not the count on any of the tally sheets. It was a verbal count given by Lisa Robinson of the board of Canvass which gave a two vote victory to Ms. McKenna. Everyone was stunned. An election was being given to the loser. The Republican party brought in its best attorneys and is filing to overturn the certification today. Republicans believe that if such a miscarriage of justice is allowed, the process will be completely corrupted. They are willing to go to war. Some are even willing to pay for a special election if necessary. It is not just Republicans outraged. Republicans have found an ally in the NAACP which is supporting the African American Mr. Gunn because complicating this even more is the history of the Kent County Democratic Party dating back to Civil War with the Saulsbury brothers and continuing through to the current day 2010 gerrymandering where Democrats rebuffed requests by Blacks for a majority minority representative district in Dover. Democrats refused in order to make both Dover Districts more secure for Democrats. There have been 3 black elected officials to partisan office in Kent County. all have been Republican. Now Democrats are trying to prevent a fourth who lawfully won the count and recount from taking office. The Black Elected Officials Caucus is in an Emergency Meeting today. The strange case of the fictional election count has created strange bedfellows united by one simple cause, a free and fair election that is counted accurately. Who says that the NAACP and Republicans can’t get along?