FALKVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Falkville place 5 town touncil candidates Ken Winkles and Patrick Holmes both received 144 votes each in Tuesday's municipal elections.
A tie and resulting runoff in a race between just two candidates is definitely considered a political oddity--an anomaly even. Both men say they were confused to say the least when first hearing the news their campaigns would continue.
"Voters have spoken and it equaled out, a dead lock tie," laughed Ken Winkles.
"It was a tie," exclaimed Patrick Holmes, "and I told my wife--well that's something you don't hear everyday--it had to happen to me."
Winkles says out of 300 registered Falkville voters only 6 did not show up to the polls Tuesday.
"So, I've got to sway one of those six people," he grinned.
Ken Winkles also dispelled the rumor that the council seat would be filled by a mere coin toss, as reported Wednesday by The Decatur Daily.
"There is no coin toss or anything like that," he said. "I don't know where The Decatur Daily got that information."
Both men say they'll take a breather from campaigning for a week or so, then get right back to convincing Falkville residents their vote is important.
"You always hear one vote counts," said Patrick Holmes, "but it's true right here."
The runoff between Ken Winkles and Patrick Holmes will take place Tuesday October 9.