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Canon Reportedly Eyeing Recount in Senate Race

The Republican nomination for the Texas Senate may not be decided yet, as one candidate is reportedly considering calling for a recount.

Mike Canon, the former mayor of Midland and second-place finisher in the Republican primary, told the Midland Reporter-Telegram that he is considering calling for a recount in the race for the Texas Senate. Canon finished second in the Republican primary, winning five counties, with about 18 percent of the vote. Unofficial results from Tuesday showed incumbent Kel Seliger winning about 50 percent of the vote.

In an article from the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Canon said that he is considering calling for a recount, but is still weighing his options. Meanwhile, Senator Kel Seliger, the presumptive winner of the Republican nomination for the seat, has declared victory and is preparing to face Libertarian Jack Westbrook in November.

If a recount is held and the new results show that Seliger did not win 50 percent of the vote, the Senator will face Canon in a May 22nd runoff. Victor Leal, an Amarillo restaurant owner, finished third in the three-man primary and would not be eligible to participate in the runoff.

This election marked the second electoral appearance by Canon in a bid for the Texas Legislature. Canon previously ran against Seliger in 2014, losing by about five points.

Photo by Canon Campaign

Photo by Canon Campaign

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