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2024 primary runoff election recount results in the Big Bend region

An election worker outside a polling location in Marfa, Texas during the March primaries.
Carlos Morales
Marfa Public Radio
An election worker outside a polling location in Marfa, Texas during the March primaries.

In Far West Texas, two primary runoff elections in May headed to recounts this month after the winners in each contest initially prevailed by just one vote.

In Jeff Davis County, only a single vote separated two candidates in last month’s Republican primary runoff for county sheriff/tax assessor-collector. And in Presidio County’s Democratic primary runoff election for the Precinct 1 seat on the county commissioners court, the top candidates were also separated by a single vote.

Here are the results from the recounts in those elections.

Jeff Davis County

In the race for Jeff Davis County sheriff/tax assessor-collector, Victor Lopez remained the winner against C.W. Stephens after a recount of the results confirmed Lopez’s 301 to 300 vote win.

“The count remains the same as what was reported on Election night as well as the party canvass,” Jennifer Wright, the county’s district clerk, wrote in an email late Friday afternoon.

Stephens, who called for the recount, billed himself as the “constitutional sheriff” candidate in the race.

Lopez and Stephens last faced off in a May 28 runoff race after neither secured a majority of votes in the local Republican primary in early May.

With no Democratic candidates in the running, the race has been essentially finalized with Friday’s recount.

Presidio County

Deirdre Hisler remained the winner in the Presidio County Precinct 1 commissioner’s race after a recount on Sunday confirmed her one-vote victory over Samuel Sanchez Spencer in the May primary runoff elections.

The Presidio County Clerk’s office said Sunday the recount showed the results unchanged - with Hisler beating Sanchez 123 to 122.

“Everything went good, good luck to Deirdre,” Sanchez told Marfa Public Radio after the recount results were released. “We’ll see what happens next election.”

Carlos Morales is Marfa Public Radio's News Director.
Travis Bubenik is All Things Considered Host and Big Bend Reporter at Marfa Public Radio.