A recount of the Likud primary results on Sunday shifted the standing of some of the contenders, with Avi Dichter pushing Tzipi Hotoveli out of the 20th spot. Since the latest polls show Likud winning around 22 to 24 Knesset seats, that might well mean the difference between entering the next Knesset or not.
Danny Danon moved up from 10th to the the 9th place, and Yariv Levin from the 12th to the 10th spot. Tzchi Hanegbi moved down from the 9th slot to 12th place, after an embarrassing error that showed him having won 278 votes in Beit Jann – even though the polling booth records show that only 198 people voted there.
The results were released late on Sunday after significant discrepancies at a handful of polling stations between the counts entered into the party’s computers and the tallies recorded at the stations immediately after the ballots were counted.
It also was not clear whether the errors were the result of honest mistakes or deliberate attempts to alter the results.
Party sources insisted Sunday that Likud had always planned to double-check the results before announcing them. “This is an additional check whose goal is solely to correct typographical errors,” a party press release said.
The Likud’s election committee examined records from some 15 polling stations whose results were disputed. The examination consisted solely of comparing the final tallies recorded at each disputed polling station against the numbers entered into the party’s computer for that station.