The St. Joseph Probate Court judge was unseated in Tuesday’s election, reversing earlier results showing Republican Judge James Fox had retained his office. Official final vote totals now show Democratic challenger Jason Cichowicz narrowly defeated Fox in the state’s closest judicial race.
Cichowicz edged out Fox by a 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent margin, winning by fewer than 600 votes out of more than 90,000 cast when all the ballots were counted in the northern Indiana race, according to the Indiana Secretary of State’s office.
According to the South Bend Tribune, early election results reported out of St. Joe County did not include nearly 22,000 early and absentee ballots. The revised count flipped the result in the race for probate court judge as well as two other races, the Tribune reported.
The prior results showed Fox retained his office by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent.
The race was one of just 10 contested Indiana circuit, superior or probate court judge races decided by voters Tuesday.