It was the closest race of the night, apparent from the moment early voting totals were released Saturday evening.
It stayed close all night, but the race for Lubbock City Council District 3 is still not over; it will now go to a runoff.
In the end, just 90 votes separated Deanne Clark and Jeff Griffith.
"This is exciting. I tell you, I am most excited for these workers," Clark says. "They have poured their heart and soul into this. They've believed in what they're doing, and they've worked hard day in and day out."
Clark held her lead all night and finished with 39 percent of the vote, followed by Griffith with 33 percent and Maurice Stanley with 28 percent.
"I want to thank everybody that has voted for me. I'm really humbled and appreciate all the support," Griffith said, but with a runoff between him and Clark not too far off, he said there is still more work to be done. "Obviously, we'll be looking for new support and would love to visit with anyone about it."
Both Clark and Griffith say there are three big issues they plan to tackle: Lubbock Power & Light, Lubbock's water supply and the city's budget.
"We're on dangerous ground. We need to hold the line, get ourselves in good financial condition before we even think about doing frivolous things," Clark says.
"I'm a small business owner concerned about our city and love our city and definitely know how to look at a budget. Let's take care of our budget at city hall," Griffith says.
And although he won't be in the runoff, Stanley says he will still be active at council meetings, "If I'm not going to be on the council, I'm going to be at the council meetings. I have said all along that I will either speak to the people from the dais or to the dais; that's the way it is."
The runoff election between Clark and Griffith will be held Saturday, June 14.
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