Two races too close to call

by Kevin Force, Editor

As of presstime on Tuesday, two elections in Comal County were still too close to declare -- that for State Representative and for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1.

Incumbent Carter Casteel held a slight lead after the early voting results came in, but reports showed that challenger Nathan Macias may have closed the gap on the final day. the vote was split down the middle at last look, with Macias slightly leading by a count of 10,176 to 10,131. Neither could be reached for comment.

In the Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 race, incumbent Bill Schroeder had a substantial lead on both challengers DL Schraub and Norma Keeton. However, Schroeder must receive at least 50 percent of the vote to win the race outright. Otherwise, a runoff between the top two candidates will be held.

The latest reports showed Schroeder with 1,449 votes to Keeton's 876 and Schraub's 779. That resulted in 47 percent of the votes going for Schroeder. If the official count does not have him with more than half of all votes cast, a runoff will be declared between Schroeder and Keeton.

"When I left the courthouse, I had a set of numbers that said that (Schroeder) had won it outright. When I arrived home, I checked online and discovered their numbers were different," Keeton said.

Keeton was the only candidate reached for comment.

Official results were completed late on Tuesday and will be released for distribution to the public on Wednesday.

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