It was a political mystery for the ages.
For one week, Montague County held the distinction of being the only Texas county that now-Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White failed to win in the March 2 primary. And he hadn't simply lost it — he had been demolished by virtually unknown San Antonio physician Alma Aguado. Inquiring minds wanted to know: What's so different about Montague County? Turns out, nothing — it's just like all the rest of them.
Today, Montague County Democratic Chairman Lanhon Odom announced that the original election results were reported in error.
Odom explains what happened: "The original report incorrectly listed the candidates in alphabetical order and not as they appeared on the ballot for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Commissioner of General Land Office, and Commissioner of Agrictulture."
After putting everything in its proper place, White wound up with 258 votes to Aguado's 3 in the race for governor. In the lite guv race, Ronnie Earle may have lost the election, but in Montague County, he defeated Linda Chavez-Thompson 161-82. Bill Burton topped statewide victor Hector Uribe for Land Commissioner, and, like he did overall, Hank Gilbert defeated Kinky Friedman for ag commissioner.
"I sincerely apologize for my error," says Odom. The corrected results have been sent to the Secretary of State.
There you have it, folks. Case closed.