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BLACKFOOT â€” Butch Hulse won the runoff election Tuesday for seat 4 on the Blackfoot City Council by a margin of 122 votes.
Hulse defeated Clair L. Broadhead with a vote of 450-328 as he garnered 57.8 percent of the vote and won the majority at each polling place.
A total of 778 voters headed to the polls in the runoff election and turnout was similar to the November election when 781 total people cast their vote for seat 4.
â€śI appreciate everyone that voted,â€ť Hulse said after the election. â€śIâ€™m really excited.â€ť
Broadhead had no comment after the election results were finalized.
Results were close in Precinct 4 at Stalker Elementary where Hulse edged Broadhead 58-56 and in Precinct 5 at Ridge Crest Elementary with a vote of 84-81. In Precincts 1, 2 & 3 at Mountain View Middle School Hulse defeated Broadhead 205-132 and in Precinct 6 at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center Hulse led 103-59.
In the Nov. 8 election Hulse received 49.7 percent and Broadhead received 37.4 percent of the vote in the three-way race with Randy Herbert. City ordinance currently requires that both the mayor and city council candidates must receive a majority vote to be elected.
The council plans to reconsider that ordinance at its Dec. 20 meeting.