Elizabeth Fechtel: Former Miss Florida devastated after losing crown, but says officials were right

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After vote tabulation error took away her Miss Florida crown, the former winner says she's devastated about losing the title, but believes officials did the right thing.

Elizabeth Fechtel, who won the crown last week before being reduced to runner up Friday, told the Associated Press Saturday that she believes that "it's fair that they go back and initially play by the rules."

Miss Florida officials said the error was noticed during a routine recount and that a mark on one judge's ballot was inadvertently overlooked. The ballots were retabulated by an independent auditor, and contestants were notified of the correct results.

The woman who'd come in second — Victoria Cowen — is now Miss Florida.

The change came after the Miss Delaware winner was disqualified for being too old.

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