Challenger Joe Walsh arrived at his “Retire Melissa Bean” victory party around 11:45 and thanked all the Walsh Warriors and supporters with the hope of maintaining his slim lead over Melissa Bean.
|Joe Walsh and wife Helene arrive to greet his supporters|
Walsh had lead the race by a slim margin, usually less than a 1,000 votes, from around 9:00 PM and as of 1:00 AM still held a slim 730 vote lead. The final determination on who won this race, which was generally ignored as being a solid Bean win, may not become known until the 20,000 plus absentee ballots are counted. This could take up to 14 days which is the maximum allowed time.
We will post more on Wednesday after some much needed sleep!