After losing the race for the state Senate seat for District 27 by just 659 votes, Republican candidate Adam Hinojosa has filed for a recount.
The official election results were released November 28, with 175,415 total votes cast. In one of the closest elections in Texas, Hinojosa fell short of 50 percent of the vote by a mere 0.19 percent.
“In any election with such a small margin of victory, even very small mistakes in the counting of the vote could have enough impact to change the final result,” Hinojosa said in a statement.
After consulting supporters, Hinojosa said that he made the choice to file for a recount in three counties “in which there were large numbers of paper or mail-in ballots.”
Hinojosa has chosen to file for a recount in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties.
Hinojosa’s opponent, Democrat Morgan LaMantia, acknowledged Hinojosa’s move and released a statement saying that it is “his right” and she “look[s] forward to this process taking place.”
LaMantia continued, saying, “It is democracy taking its course. We are confident our victory will be reaffirmed.”
Hinojosa said that if mistakes were made in the counting, that they were “honest mistakes” and not mistakes made with malicious intent.
Meanwhile, LaMantia wants to use this opportunity to “instill in a watchful public even greater confidence in the strength of our electoral systems,” despite proof that there have been issues with Texas election results in the past.
A date will soon be set for the recount.