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18-year-old holds 2-vote lead in mayoral race

/ Source: The Associated Press

An 18-year-old high school student held on to a two-vote lead to become mayor of this southern Michigan town.

County Clerk Thomas C. Mohr on Thursday announced the official tally: Michael Sessions received 670 votes. Mayor Doug Ingles had 668.

Earlier unofficial figures had shown Sessions with a 64-vote lead over the 51-year-old incumbent. But several votes for Sessions, a write-in candidate, were disqualified because they were actually cast for other candidates.

Ingles has until 5 p.m. EST Wednesday to ask for a recount.

Sessions used $700 from a summer job to fund his race, putting up signs throughout the city and campaigning door-to-door in the town of 8,200 people.

Sessions appeared Thursday on “Late Show with David Letterman” to read the Top 10 list of “Good Things About Being an 18-year-old Mayor.”

The list included “Parents try to tell me what to do, I raise their taxes” (No. 10), “I got a call from Demi Moore” (No. 6) and “It’s flattering when President Bush calls me for advice” (No. 1).