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Close Race Keeps Candidates Waiting

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SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – Eight days after election night and candidates in two races in Robertson County are still waiting for a winner to be decided.

The winners of Ward 6 Alderman in Springfield and City Commissioner in Cedar Hill are separated by just one vote each.

"We knew it was different going in simply because we were going to be on the general election ballot," said Ward 6 alderman incumbent Shane Shoemaker.

Henry Clay Sneed and Shane Shoemaker are the two men on the ballot for Ward 6 in the city of Springfield, and this isn't the first time the two have battled for this position.

"Mr. Sneed was the Alderman for Ward 6 and I defeated him," said Shoemaker.

Sneed said, "I lost this seat three and a half years ago by five votes."

That was 2009, during the 2012 election the difference between Sneed and Shoemaker was just one vote. Sneed received 349 votes; while incumbent Shoemaker received 348 votes.

"It became readily apparent that in races every vote does count and no one should take that for granted," said Shoemaker.

The same thing happened in the city commissioner race in Cedar Hill between Martha Arrington and Tom Richards. Arrington got 57 votes while Richards got 56.

The reason the winners have not been called is due to provisional ballots.

"I feel like George Bush did in 2000 Florida hanging chad issue. You just have to wait and see how it turns out," said Sneed.

The Robertson County Administrator of Elections said there are 12 provisional ballots waiting for verification. There is no guarantee the provisional ballot votes will count, so all candidates say they are just waiting to see what the ballots will reveal.

The election commission has chosen 4 people to verify those ballots; two Democrats, two Republicans.

The final votes here in Robertson County will be certified on Monday, November 19.

In the city of Springfield, if by chance there is a tie in the alderman race; by law, the city could either have the board of mayor and alderman vote; Shoemaker could vote for himself, or hold a run-off election.

In Cedar Hill, the commissioners would have to vote since the city cannot afford the cost of a special election.

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