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“Vote counting continues in Cook County.

New voting equipment delayed the results from the primary after there were problems transmitting the vote totals Tuesday night to the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners headquarters, where the official results are recorded.

Despite totals not being final, the Democratic primary for Cook County Board President is over.

Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool yesterday conceded defeat to incumbent President John Stroger.

Stroger has served on the Board for 36 years.

He suffered a stroke a week before the election, and it is unclear whether he will be able to serve.

After Claypool conceded, Stroger’s son, Todd, spoke to his father’s supporters.

Claypool will retain his seat on the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

As Stroger ails, his Chief of Staff James Whigham will run the county.

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