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Calhoun County clerk candidates head to May runoff

By Elena Watts
March 5, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.


The two leaders in the three-candidate Democratic race for Calhoun County clerk are headed for a May 27 runoff.

Not one of the three candidates received more than 50 percent of the votes in Tuesday's primary election returns.

Shelby Sebastian, 34, enjoyed a 133-vote spread over her closest challenger, Susan Riley, 56.

Sebastian received nearly 38 percent of the vote while her opponents each received slightly more than 31 percent.

Riley received only one vote more than the third-place candidate, Grace Gonzalez, 52.

In this scenario, the Texas Secretary of State's office would only require a recount if all the candidates, or the two with the least number of votes, tied.

However, Gonzalez meets the criteria to request a recount, and she said she intends to do so.

According to state election law, she will have to wait until next week to request the recount.

If the results stand, Sebastian will face Riley in the May runoff.

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