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Student elections yield tight races, counting mistake delays senior yell results

Samantha Ketcham, Josh Light not in senior yell runoff

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07

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Roger Zhang — THE BATTALION

‘Five for Yell’ candidates kneel in anticipation, waiting for election results to be announced Tuesday in Academic Plaza.

Tuesday night's election results ushered in a new generation of Texas A&M representatives, including three yell leaders, three class presidents and a Residence Hall Association president. 

Wednesday afternoon, the election commission reported a mistake in the voting calculations. Election commissioner Kyle Jackson announced Tuesday evening that there was a four-way runoff for the last two senior yell positions between Hunter Skoog, Josh Light, Drew Nelson and Samantha Ketcham. It was revealed Saturday that a miscalculation kept Skoog and Nelson below 50 percent of the total vote, forcing the runoff. But when corrected, Skoog and Nelson both received more than 50 percent, changing the outcome to an outright win for Nelson Ingram, Skoog and Nelson. 

Ketcham, who received just over 21 percent of the total vote, would have been the first woman yell leader candidate to advance beyond the primary race in A&M history.

Yell leader elections also yielded two new junior yell leaders.

Junior yell candidates Hunter Cook and Ryan Crawford were outright winners of the night, each capturing more than 50 percent of the popular vote. 

Ingram, the senior yell candidate who received the most votes, with 9,037, said he was mostly thankful for the experience.

"It's been a fun time campaigning; a fun time meeting everybody," Ingram said. "I just want to thank A&M. I love it here, and everything I do is for Texas A&M. I can't wait to serve next year."

Cook, newly elected junior yell leader, said that the night was a great occasion for him and his family.

"It's quite an accomplishment," Cook said. "It's really exciting to see so many people support you and be behind you."

The RHA president-to-be, junior Mason Lanham, was elected with 58 votes in a vote featuring three write-in candidates. The newly elected junior and senior class presidents, Rachel Norman and Trent Segers, respectively, won in single candidate races. Sophomore class president Meghan De Amaral was victorious after a close race, with a difference of only 236 votes.

All elections for senatorial seats, including the seats provided to each college, the Corps of Cadets, residence halls, off-campus residents and University Apartments also concluded Tuesday night. These elections provided a few tight races, such as the College of Liberal Art's seat, which was decided by 18 votes.

Runoff campaigning will continue Wednesday, while Thursday and Friday are the designated runoff voting days. More information regarding election results can be found at election.tamu.edu.

Report edited Wednesday to include senior yell leader vote miscalculation.

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