Officials discovered a tabulation error that resulted in Fechtel being wrongly declared the winner
Credit: Courtesy Elizabeth Fechtel

Beauty pageant winners in Delaware and Florida lost their crowns this week in separate, unrelated mix-ups.

Amanda Longacre, the woman who was named Miss Delaware 2014, lost hers because she is older than the Miss America organization allows.

But in Florida, it was a tabulation error that cost Elizabeth Fechtel her victory.

Officials of the Miss Florida Organization named a new Miss Florida on Friday after discovering a tabulation error in the judging.

As a result, 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 tabulated again by an independent auditor and the contestants were notified of the correct results.

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