Oops! Winchester council incumbent misses re-election by one vote -- guess whose it was
WINCHESTER, Ind. -- Bill Monroe lost by one vote in his bid to return to the Winchester City Council. And here's the clincher to the squeaker of a race:
His wife didn't vote.
If Kathie Monroe had indeed voted on Tuesday, her husband, a Democrat who previously served two terms on the council, would have tied with Republican opponent Tom Sells, a political newcomer.
Under state law, it would have been up to the council to break the tie. The council has three Republicans and two Democrats, but Bill Monroe is a veteran politician in this small town so it's unclear which candidate would have won out.
Monroe, 50, described Thursday how he learned of his 112-111 loss. He was sitting upstairs in his home when his wife came in to report the election results. This is his recollection of their conversation:
Kathie: "Bill, you lost."
Bill: "Well, how much did I lose by?"
Bill: "Get out of here."
Kathie: "And I didn't vote."
He recalled, "She was embarrassed by it at first. 'Oh my God, look what I've done.'"