[UPDATE] 11-5 12:00PM --
Cliff Thaell releases a statement to supporters:
I want to extend to you a heartfelt “Thanks.” On behalf of Georjean and our family, I am filled with enormous gratitude for all that you did to support our campaign.
Although we were not victorious on Tuesday, over 40,000 voters stood by us. This was a hard fought campaign, and we ran a great race. Our positive campaign focused on my record of achievements for our community. I am proud of what we did together … and you should be proud as well!
I have congratulated Nick Maddox on his victory. I wish him luck in his role as our new Leon County Commissioner At-Large.
I have spent the past 16 years serving our community and today I make this pledge to you - my service will continue. This is just the beginning of a new chapter, and I look forward to working together again in the near future.
Again, thank you for all your support. I will forever remember your hard work, loyalty and dedication.
In one of the most talked about and controversial races in Leon County, Incumbent Cliff Thaell faced newcomer Nick Maddox for county commissioner at-large, group 2.
With all precincts reporting, Thaell gets 46% and Maddox has 54%.
It appears former FSU football player Nick Maddox may get to serve his first term on the board.
However, election officials say there are some absentee ballots that are illegible, and therefore not counted.
Officials will reconvene on Thursday and release unofficial results on Friday.
Officials say those ballots are outstanding and should not be enough to sway the numbers, but they just can't certify the results at this time.
This race was full of finger-pointing and mud-slinging from day one.
Leon County Commissioner Cliff Thaell has served for 16 years.
Former FSU football player and businessman Nick Maddox asked voters to have the courage to vote for change, and the person filling that commission seat will now change.
Thaell said, "I have been about more jobs diversifying our economy, being a good fiscal steward of our community, helping to cut $40 million out of the county budget since 2008, and maintaining the quality of life."