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Democrat Farrelly Leads Governor’s Race

November 6, 1986

CHRISTIANSTED, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) _ Partial returns Wednesday gave Democrat Alexander Farrelly the lead in the four-way race for governor of this U.S. possession, but he appeared short of the majority needed for election, officials said.

Election officials said Farrelly, a 62-year-old attorney, had 11,114 votes, or 47 percent of the ballots cast in Tuesday’s election. Adelbert Bryan, the candidate of the Independent Citizens Movement, had 7,173 votes, or 30 percent; Dr. Roy Schneider, an independent and outgoing health commissioner, 3,344 votes, 13 percent; and Republican Lt. Gov. Julio Brady, 2,084 votes, or 10 percent.

Election officials said 26,661 people, or 77 percent of those registered, voted. They said about 3,000 votes and several hundred absentee ballots remained to be counted.

Lloyd McAlpin, chairman of the Joint Boards of Elections, said the final count probably would not be available until Thursday.

If no candidate wins a majority, a run-off election between the top two vote-getters will be held Nov. 18.

Gov. Juan Luis, of the Citizens Movement, an offshoot of the Democratic Party, has held the post for two consecutive four-year terms and is barred by law from seeking re-election until 1990.

Voters also cast ballots Tuesday for a lieutenant governor, 15 senators for the territorial legislature and a delegate to the U.S. Congress, which went to unopposed Democrat Ron de Lugo.

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