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Updated tally in Chelsea shows Jim Gilmore receiving two votes

Jim Gilmore.
Jim Gilmore. (Mary Schwalm/REUTERS)

If the voting results coming out of Chelsea Tuesday looked too good to be true for erstwhile GOP presidential candidate Jim Gilmore, that’s because they were.

Though a glitch initally showed the former Virginia governor taking the city with 47.2 percent of the vote, his results were actually more typical of a candidate who suspended his campaign weeks before the election.

Gilmore finished with 2 votes, according to an updated tally from the city clerk’s office. Donald Trump won the city’s Republican contest with 466 votes, or 60 percent.

The results, which are still unofficial, would not have changed the statewide outcome, of course. Trump won by a handy margin across Massachusetts, though the change in Chelsea modestly pads the New York businessman’s total.

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The clerk’s office said the issue had to do with the computer system that reported the results. The votes were recorded accurately, officials said, but a large share of Trump’s votes were initially credited to Gilmore.


Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.