MADISON (WKOW) -- There were three school board races in Madison on Tuesday's ballot, but only one was in doubt late into the night.
In the race for Seat 3 on the board, Dean Loumos defeated Wayne Strong. Late Tuesday night, the Dane County Clerk's web site still showed three precincts not counted, but the Wisconsin State Journal reports the clerk told them the final tally was 18,286 votes for Loumos and 18,007 for Strong, a difference of just 279 votes. Matthew DeFour reports that County Clerk Scott McDonell said there may be hundreds of absentee ballots not yet counted in the race due to a recent change in state law.
In the other school board races, Board Chair James Howard easily won re-election to Seat 4, earning more than 76% of the vote with just three precincts outstanding.
And in the race for Seat 5, T.J. Mertz won election. he was the only candidate actively campaigning after Sarah Manski dropped out of the race two days after winning the primary, announcing her husband had been accepted to a graduate program in California.
The two candidates with the most votes in the primary are put on the general election ballot. Manski ended her candidacy and endorsed Mertz, who was the runner-up in the primary race, but Manski's name remained on the ballot and she received about 30% of the votes cast in the race.