Othal Brand Sr’s 1997 runner-up vote totals were greater than Jim Darling’s winning totals in 2013 and 2017.
McAllen – Around 88 percent of eligible registered McAllen voters were not moved to vote in last Saturdays mayoral election, according to the unofficial election results provided by the City Secretaries Office. Ultimately, their passiveness proved costly to challenger Othal Brand Jr, who had spent nearly two times as much as the Darling campaign, in effort to convince McAllen voters to elect him over incumbent Jim Darling. Darling was declared the winner of the highly contested race with a comfortable margin of 4,409 votes to Brand’s 3061 tally. While other traditional media outlets were quick to congratulate voters that turned out, a lingering question remained. How could a city of over 134,000, with approximately 66,000 registered voters, have a major election decided by a very few? Since 1997, the City of McAllen as seen a sharp decline in voter turnout for local races.