Pct. 3 Constable candidate Matthew Clark came out on top — and then he didn't.
By all appearances, Clark had won the race for constable the night of Nov. 6. In early voting, Clark was ahead. In the unofficial results, Clark was still ahead 309 votes to Jim Long's 308.
However, when the provisional ballots were factored in, Clark came up short. He was two votes behind Long 311-309.
Clark, like the other candidates, had kept tallies all night long election night and was shocked when the results changed later in the week.
"All of a sudden, it went to two behind," he said.
Before the results put Long ahead, he had filed for a recount and expected it to be done sometime last week. He withdrew his request after the results changed.
Clark filed the recount request Monday with county judge Arnold Saenz before it was given to Elections Administrator Pearlie Jo Valedez. The elections office has seven days to perform a recount from the time of the filing.
In addition, Clark also filed an open records request.
"We just want to know where these extra votes came from," he said.
Clark said his supporters were the ones that spurred him to file for a recount. He said he is not sure if he will file for an election contest if the recount reveals the same results, but the open records request may reveal information that would help his case.
In addition to the recount filing, votes from the Nov. 6 election were canvassed Monday.
In Jim Wells County for the district attorney race, Carlos Omar Garcia retained his 6,744 votes while Christina Z. Flores gained three votes to total 4048.
Disabled Pct. 3 Commissioner Wally Alanis also came out the same at 886 votes, while Richard Miller rose to 1,868.