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Barreiro, Garcia Commission Race May Head To Runoff

MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro may not be done campaigning to stay in office just yet due to the possibility of an unexpected runoff.

According to CBS4 News partner The Miami Herald, Barreiro missed an outright majority by just 11 votes.

Late Tuesday night, it appeared Barreiro won re-election by an extremely narrow margin over the majority to avoid a runoff.

However, an updated count on Wednesday by the elections department showed the incumbent had 49.94 percent of the vote.

His nearest competition had 33-percent.

The final tally and the possibility of a run-off election won't be certain until after the Miami-Dade Elections Department counts provisional ballots, those cast by voters who didn't have photo identification on Election Day. Provisional ballots are checked by the elections department's canvassing board to see if the signatures match those in the department's database.

Those numbers won't be added until the canvassing board meets on Friday.

Barring any changes in the count, Barreiro, a 14-year incumbent, would head to a runoff against Luis Garcia, former fire chief and commissioner in Miami Beach and a former state representative, on Nov. 6th.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed material for this report.)

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