Although Rep. Tim Bledsoe was leading the way in votes from three Grosse Pointes his competitor Alberta Tinsley-Talabi received 573 more votes—winning the nomination for the Democratic seat for the .
This is based on the most recent figures released by the Wayne County Clerk's Elections Division, which were released sometime after 6 a.m. Wednesday with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
However, figures released about 3 a.m. Wednesday showing Wayne County had tallied 100 percent of the precincts for the 2nd District race are inconsistent with the final numbers and inconsistent with results from the clerks offices in the City of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Park.
At 3 a.m., the Wayne County Clerk's office was showing Bledsoe had 1,320 votes while Tinsley-Talabi had 1,829. However, according to the three clerks' offices from the Pointes, the final numbers released Tuesday shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. revealed Bledsoe received 3,522 votes collectively from the three communities and Tinsley-Talabi had 261 votes collectively.
Voters from some precincts in Detroit that will be included in the redrawn district also weighed in on the race, which is why the Wayne County Clerk's results are important.
The final results released after 6 a.m. Wednesday show the following vote totals for the candidates:
- Tim Bledsoe, of the City of Grosse Pointe —4,699
- Alberta Tinsley Talabi, of Detroit —5,272
- Anthony Zander, of Detroit —374
- Daniel Corrigan Grano, of Grosse Pointe Park — (ran unopposed) 2,939
Patch is seeking additional information from the Wayne County Clerk's Office regarding the discrepancy in the figures and has left a message with Bledsoe seeking comment.
Bledsoe has represented the five Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods and east Detroit as one district for the last four years. .
In redrawing the districts, the Pointes were split into two house districts—the Woods, Shores and Harper Woods into one along with a portion of Detroit and the Farms, City and Park along with a portion of Detroit as the second district.
and Rick Snyder. .
The worry of officials is that representation of the Pointes will be diluted in Lansing by splitting the communities into two districts.
The results of Tuesday's election, if they are indeed final and correct, mean Tinsley-Talabi will face Daniel Grano in the November general election for the second district seat.
Grano is a councilman in Grosse Pointe Park.