BROWNSVILLE–Is it really over?
For the last month, the Cameron County Judge’s race has gone back and forth with recounts, canvassing of votes and the discovery of more votes.
For the second time in two weeks, Cameron County Commissioners canvassed the recount of the race with the votes from Precinct 54 and the 69 votes from a straight party tickets that weren’t included in the first tally.
After that, Republican and current Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos has been determined the winner by 64 votes. The finals numbers were 20,640 for Cascos and 20,576 for Democrat John Wood.
“Judge Cascos is a trailblazer,” said Chris Rowan. “We conservatives need to publicly acknowledge the Judge’s contribution to GOP victory in South Texas.”
While Democrats talked about filing a lawsuit to fight this final outcome, Wood may not do that afterall.
“Sadly, at this point, it does not appear that Joh Wood wishes to challenge this outcome, though he has ample grounds to do so,” said Jared Hockema of the Cameron County Democratic Party. “Commissioner Wood respects the votes that were cast, even though there is legal grounds for some of those votes to not be counted.”
After this crushing defeat, Democrats, who lost two races to the GOP in Cameron County, plan to regroup and figure out what to do to stop the Republican gains in South Texas.
“The last few weeks have been difficult, but they have made us stronger as a party,” said Hockema. “We need to be Democrats of conviction, who are committed to acting upon our principles day in and day out, and standing together in the party.”
Cameron County Democrats will hold a meeting Wednesday night to discuss as a party how to move forward after the 2010 General Election.
–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, firstname.lastname@example.org