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11/3/04-Henderson County

Tie Race Makes History

Never before has a Henderson County race ended in a tie. But that's exactly what happened last night.

Both candidates in the race for Henderson County Constable of Precinct 4 walked away with exactly 1265 votes each.

Democratic incumbent, John Floyd, has been Constable of Precinct 4 for eight years now and says last night's numbers weren't at all what he expected.

"I was surprised that the race was as close as it was. My first reaction was what's it going to take to decide this vote?" says Constable Floyd.

Something Gwen Moffeit said she'd also like to know, since a tie has never happened in her 14 years of serving as the County Clerk, in Henderson County.

"I was afraid it was exactly what it looked like: a dead even tie. I dreaded telling the two candidates because the had been there all night long," says Moffeit.

The answer to what to do came from the state: there will be recount only after all provisional votes are checked and counted and military votes come in.

"My opponent said that it being a tie was like kissing your sister; It's a whole lot of hard work to get to that point but you don't get a lot out of it," says Constable Floyd.

Only 6 miles down the road at the Frankston Police Department, the other Precinct 4 candidate, Rick Stewart was also playing the waiting game.

"The voters did come out and they tried to make their choice and as rare as this is, it just wasn't concluded last night. But all I could think was what a great country we live in that every single vote counted," says Chief Stewart.

'A wild ride,' was how Stewart, a first time politician, described the tie.

"Last night was like being a kid on a roller coaster. When I got to the courthouse last night, I was ahead, but each time they posted the votes, it was a narrower margin. It was kind of like taking the dips as you go and getting a surge of adrenaline," says Chief Stewart.

And for the two candidates, it's a ride that hasn't ended quite yet.

"We've got another ticket now, and we're going to ride it one more time," Chief Stewart.

Reporting: Braid Sharp bsharp@kltv.com

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