County judge recount set for Friday morning
By Miles Smith
Caldwell County judge candidate Hoppy Haden confirmed on Monday that he filed for a recount following last Tuesday’s Republican primary election.
Haden secured 1,130 votes, or 49.65 percent, according to unofficial grand totals released early on March 7. Incumbent County Judge Ken Schawe trailed Haden with 847 votes (37.21 percent). Rounding out the race were Johnny Lee Spriggs with 199 votes (8.74 percent) and Deward Cummings with 100 votes.
The recount is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, March 16 at the Scott Annex in Lockhart, Caldwell County Republican Party Chair Kathy Haigler confirmed on Tuesday.
To win the nomination outright, Haden would have needed 1,139 votes. If Haden does not secure the majority of the votes following the recount, the race will be decided in a runoff between him and Schawe on May 22.
Haden resigned his post as Pct. 1 Caldwell County Commissioner in November, expressing his intent to run for Schawe’s seat.
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