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Tabulation error in Miss Florida contest

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MIAMI (AP) -- The winner and runner up in the Miss Florida pageant have to switch places because of a miscalculation.

Officials of the Miss Florida Organization named a new Miss Florida on Friday after discovering a tabulation error in the judging. As a result, Elizabeth Fechtel, who won the crown last Saturday, is now the runner up. The woman who had come in second -- Victoria Cowen -- is now the new Miss Florida.

Executive Director Mary Sullivan says the tabulation error was noticed during a routine recount. She says a mark on one judge's ballot was inadvertently overlooked. The ballots were retabulated by an independent auditor, and the contestants were notified of the correct results.

The change comes after the Miss Delaware winner was disqualified because she was too old.


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