Eloy Ortega, unsuccessful candidate for County Commission District I, right, and his son, Adrian, attend the special County Commission meeting, Friday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
County election officials said Friday that human error is to blame for twice calling a race between two candidates for County Commission a tie, when no deadlock existed. County Clerk Rhoda Coakley announced during a special County Commission meeting that Republican candidate James Duffey defeated Democrat Eloy Ortega in the race for County Commission in District 1. Initial results indicated the two candidates were in a dead heat on Tuesday evening, and again on Wednesday after four additional ballots put the two into another tie, officials said.
However, Ortega originally defeated Duffey 1,002 to Login to read more