FORT WORTH, Texas -- Republican Jim Bradshaw said Thursday he will request a recount of votes in the 26th Congressional District race which he lost to Democrat Tom Vandergriff by 437 votes.
'Because so many have actively contributed and because of the closeness, I think in fairness to supporters we will make a request to recount the machines and the punch cards,' Bradshaw said.
The former Fort Worth mayor pro tem was the apparent winner until late Wednesday when Vandergriff took the lead in the newly created congressional district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Unofficial returns gave Vandergriff, a longtime Arlington mayor, 69,797 votes to Bradshaw's 69,360, a margin of less than .5 percent.
Bradshaw campaign manager Nick Acuff singled out problems in Collin County, immediately north of Dallas, where the race for state Board of Education drew about 3,700 more votes than congressional balloting.
'It's unusual for a race with fairly low visibility, and one which is low down on the ballot, to draw 3,000-odd more votes than a congressional race,' Acuff said.
Connie Armstrong, Collin County GOP chairman, said the race may have been overlooked in the layout of the ballot, which listed the Senate race on the top of one page, followed by white space, with the 26th District race on the bottom of the page.