A recount in the Precinct 5 constable's race tightened the results somewhat, although the top two finishers on election night remained the top two finishers after the recount.

Precinct 5 chief deputy constable Frank Flores III remained the top vote-getter, followed by Seale Junior High School truancy officer Dionicio "Don" Ysassi.

Flores and Ysassi will face off in a run-off election April 8 since neither of them received more than 50 percent of the votes cast.

The April 8 run-off will also include races for Democratic Party chair and Precinct 3 constable in Bishop. A Republican Party run-off isn't necessary.

Lt. Gilbert Gomez of the Robstown Police Department, who finished third in the Precinct 5 constable's race, picked up four votes in the recount, but not enough to close the 26-vote gap with Ysassi.

Gomez picked up one additional vote directly as a result of the recount, and four others that weren't counted on election night, said Susan Reeves, elections administrator for the Nueces County Democratic Party.

Reeves said Gomez picked up one vote from mail-in ballots after they were recounted all day Friday at the Nueces County Courthouse.

In addition, Gomez picked up three more votes from early voting results.

The results from one early voting polling site were not tabulated into the final results on election night, said Nueces County Clerk Diana Barrera

After an audit of the unofficial results last week, 1,568 votes were added to the final results.

Barrera said the changes did not affect the outcome of any March 4 race.

According to Precinct 5 election night results, Flores won 1,379 of the 4,179 votes cast, or 33 percent; Ysassi won 960 of the votes cast, or 23 percent; Gomez won 934 of the votes, or 22 percent; Corpus Christi deputy marshal Gerardo "Gerald" Ochoa won 603 votes, or 14.4 percent, while Robstown businessman Rolando Martinez received 303 votes, or 7 percent.

Reeves said she had faith in the voting system and the method used in Friday's recount.

"I believe that the e-slate system that we use is quite accurate. I have a lot of faith in it," Reeves said. "We audited everyone one of the cards and found out one early voting results had not been counted."

Reeves said it was the first recount she has participated in since becoming Democratic elections administrator two years ago.

"Of course one of the candidates was hoping it would go other way, but he was able to see the process and I hope he feels more confident now that he's see that," Reeves said, adding election officials were working quickly to reprogram voting machines for the April 8 run-off.

Whoever wins the run-off will likely become Precinct 5 constable, although Independents have until May to file.

Gomez said he and about a dozen other people were present during the recount and he watched officials manually check early voting and mail-in ballots and review the electronic counts from voting machines.

Gomez said he was not sure on the final costs of the recount, but he did have to place a $476 deposit.

"Everything was done out in the open, you're able to observe," Gomez said. "It wasn't open to the public, but it was open to us. I was satisfied with the way it was handled there. There was very little difference from the original count.

"I'm disappointed, of course, like anyone would be, but I respect the decision of the people because, after all, this is what democracy is all about. I'm glad that it's over, but I kind of felt that things weren't going to change that much after the recount, but it was something I had to do for my supporters."

Ysassi said he was also present for Friday's recount.

"I was a little nervous, but I'm happy that it came out the way it did. I trusted in the system, that the count that they had the first time was an accurate count," Ysassi said. "But he had a right to ask for a recount. I would have asked for one too."

Ysassi said he was looking forward to the run-off against Flores.

"I'm very, very confident, very optimistic," Ysassi said. "I have all three former (precinct 5 constable) candidates endorsing me. They said any support that I needed, just call them and they would be happy to help me out on anything that I need help with."

Ysassi said a head-to-head match up was preferable to running in a race with five candidates.

"At least you know what you have to do," Ysassi said. "You go out there with five candidates, it's hard to make a determination on how that will come out. At least now I have a real good chance to get elected."

Gomez said he enjoyed his first campaign for public office and that he would probably run again for Precinct 5 constable in four years.

"I certainly would not rule out running at some other time for that office or some other office. I do see myself as a candidate in that race or some other race in the future," Gomez said. "I feel positive about the things we able to do. The campaign process was very positive, meeting people, getting close to supporters and working with them hand-in-hand was very positive for me and I really enjoyed it. It was a lot of hard work, but I'm not afraid of hard work. We just have to get more people involved."

Flores also said he looked forward to a two-way race against Ysassi instead of a five-way contest.

"I think he's just another candidate and we're looking forward to running another good race and continuing our campaign as before," Flores said. "I'll continue doing the same things as before and making contact with the constituents in my precinct and asking for their support. It's another election, so the race isn't over, just halfway done."