Elections 2022State SenateAdam Hinojosa Requests Recount in Close South Texas State Senate Election

Republican candidate Adam Hinojosa has requested a recount in the SD 27 Texas Senate race, after a narrow loss to Democratic opponent Morgan LaMantia.
December 1, 2022
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The most competitive race in the Texas Legislature this election cycle is continuing to live up to its reputation, with Republican Adam Hinojosa requesting a recount in three counties after narrowly being bested on November 8 by Democrat Morgan LaMantia for the open Texas Senate seat.

LaMantia carried the support of retiring state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. for Senate District 27. While it included new territory after redistricting, the south Texas coastal district is still regarded as a long-time Democratic stronghold.

The newly drawn district includes all or part of eight counties near the south Texas coast, starting with its two most southern counties Hidalgo and Willacy on the Rio Grande, and runs north of Corpus Christi to include San Patricio and Bee counties.   

According to the Texas Secretary of State (SOS), 175,415 votes were cast in the November 8 race, which resulted in LaMantia carrying a tight lead with 0.19 percent or just 569 votes.

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“So, after consultation with my supporters, I have decided to call for a recount in three counties in which there were large enough numbers of paper or mail-in ballots,” Hinojosa announced in a press release on Wednesday. “If honest mistakes were made in the counting, it would only be significant in a place where large numbers of paper or mail-in ballots were cast. These counties are the logical place to double-check.”

LaMantia issued a statement celebrating her victory and voiced support for her Republican opponent’s right to seek the recount.

“We look forward to this process taking place. It is democracy taking its course. We are confident our victory will be reaffirmed and that the process will instill in a watchful public even greater confidence in the strength of our electoral system,” LaMantia wrote.

Guidance regarding recount procedures from the SOS details that to be eligible for a recount, the difference between the winning candidate and the candidate with the next highest vote total must be less than 10 percent of the total votes received by the winner.

In addition, the candidate requesting the recount must pay for the costs associated with the procedure.

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Matt Stringer

Matt Stringer is a reporter for The Texan who writes about all things government, politics, and public policy. He graduated from Odessa College with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Leadership. In his free time, you will find him in the great outdoors, usually in the Davis Mountains and Big Bend region of Southwest Texas.