CORPUS CHRISTI– U.S. Congressman Solomon Ortiz, who unofficially has lost his election, filed the paperwork today asking for a recount in six counties to get an accurate count of the vote.
Ortiz is trailing GOP challenger Blake Farenthold by 792 votes after last week’s vote. Today, the Ortiz for Congress Committee asked state election officials to count the votes in his District 27 Congressional race in Texas.
“This afternoon, the Ortiz for Congress Committee filed the appropriate paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office in Austin as we seek a recount in a race that is too close to call,” Ortiz said in a press release. “Upon clarifying the process with the counties and the Secretary of State, we followed all appropriate measures and have requested a manual recount in Willacy, Kenedy, Kleberg, and Nueces Counties and portions of San Patricio and Cameron Counties.”
The elections officials in the six counties will recount 236 precincts. Reportedly, it will cost about $13,000 to conduct the count.
“Congressman Ortiz wants to ensure that the votes of the people of South Texas be counted accurately and that no vote be left out,” Ortiz said.
No counties have certified its election one week after Election Day. There are 736 overseas and provisional ballots in the district that still need to be counted. This process of recounting the votes should take about a week to complete.
–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, firstname.lastname@example.org