GOP Goliad County judge race ends in tie

Sara  Sneath By Sara Sneath

March 4, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.

GOLIAD - Republican candidates Pat Calhoun and incumbent David Bowman tied in the Goliad County judge race.

The winner will be determined either by a recount or the runoff election in May.

Earlier in the night, officials suspected Precinct 41, from the Ander Weser area, would be the last box counted because of a broken tabulating machine.

But Precinct 32 ended up causing problems as the total voting results continued to read eight out of nine precincts counted.

Goliad County Republican Chairman Kenneth Buelter said the delay was the result of two provisional ballots that were either not verified or not located.

He said it could have been that someone voted provisionally without identification and later came back to show his or her identification.

Throughout the delay, the Republican county judge's race was the only one that remained unclear.

"I'm ready for it to be over with," said Bowman at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The results at that time were just 10 votes apart with Bowman in the lead. All of the other precinct results came in by 9 p.m.

"It's past my bedtime," Bowman said.

The Republican nominee will face Democratic candidate Ernest Alaniz in the Nov. 4 general election.



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