I took first place, but we were just 39 votes from securing a Primary victory on March 3rd. The way it works is that you have to get 50% plus one more vote to win in the primary. Out of three candidates, I received over 2,000 votes (49.1%). The incumbent received some 33% and Mike Suess received 16%. Since no candidate went over 50% plus one, Mike Suess was eliminated and the top two are heading to a November runoff.
As different rounds of ballots came in from the county, we were substantially gaining ground and on track to win. However, the last batch to be counted was evenly split like due to the thousands of dollars my opponent dumped into back-to-back radio ads and massive print media buys at the last minute.