Schafer wins by two votes; results to be certified Friday
By Dwayne Bremer
May 17, 2017, 14:12
Diamondhead City Councilman-at-Large Ernie Knobloch, left, on Wednesday congratulates Mayor Tommy Schafer in his runoff win for the nomination.
Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer earned a second term in office Wednesday by winning the Republican primary runoff by two votes over Ernie Knobloch.
There is no Democratic challenger in Diamondhead.
Schafer had led by one vote after Tuesday evening; however, seven affidavit votes remained uncounted.
The Diamondhead Republican Committee on Wednesday conducted an audit of the election and also verified the affidavit votes.
Republican Chairman Ty Necaise said three of the seven affidavit ballots were disqualified because the voters were not registered in Diamondhead.
In addition, election officials discovered one absentee ballot that had not been counted on Tueesday.
That ballot was for Schafer.
Schafer and Knobloch both received two of the affidavit ballots, making the unofficial total Schafer 1,127 and Knobloch 1,125.
Necaise said the committee has not finished reviewing all of the election materials, but it is close. He said the election should be certified by Friday.
Until then, he said, all results are unofficial.
Schafer said he was "thrilled" to win the race and he wants to see the city move forward.
Knobloch congratulated Schafer and said he does not plan to challenge the results at this time.
"I have a lot of faith in the people who ran the election," he said. "So far, I have not heard of anything that would cause a challenge. I knew it was going to be close, its just disappointing being on the short side."