Seven votes makes the difference.
A recount of ballots today confirmed that County Court-at-Law No. 9 Judge Oscar Kazen will serve a single term after all, and will be replaced next year by political newcomer Laura Salinas.
"'Landslide Laura' wins by seven votes," Salinas joked following the recount.
Out of about 35,000 votes cast, she got seven more votes than Kazen in the March 7 Democratic primary. Because there is no Republican candidate for the bench, Salinas is virtually assured to become the next judge for that court.
"The ballots really were very clean," Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said. "I think (the recount) put everybody's mind at ease."
Kazen, whose family has been steeped in South Texas politics, held a dozen-vote lead over Salinas on election night. But that evaporated when mail-in and provisional ballots were counted six days later; Salinas came out on top by one vote.
A tally of overseas ballots last week increased the 34-year-old family and criminal law attorney's lead to six votes. The recount added one more to her total.
In other recount news, Carter Casteel's deficit is now fifty-one votes, with two counties still to be re-done. That was always a longshot, but again, with such a small difference, you have to doublecheck. And you know, once again, every vote counts. Link via BOR.Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 30, 2006 to Election 2006 | TrackBack