With about 90 percent of the votes counted, James P. Hoffa appears to have won a landslide victory to serve a third term as president of the Teamsters union.
With more than 211,000 of the estimated 245,000 votes counted as of late last evening, Hoffa had received more than 123,000 votes. One of his opponents, Fred Gegare, chairman of the board of trustees of the union's Central States pension plan, had received nearly 51,000 votes. Sandy Pope, head of Teamster Local 805, had more than 37,000 votes. The results are unofficial and are being posted on various websites.
As of last evening, all votes from the Central, Southern, and Eastern regions had been tallied. Still to be counted were votes from the Western United States and from Canada. An estimated 20 percent of 1.3 million Teamsters cast ballots.
The winner will serve a five-year term.