Automation keeps resetting input_select

I have an automation that for some reason keeps resetting an input_select to a certain selection instead of retaining the old value. I have the recorder component enabled and there is no initial value.

Would someone mind looking at it to see if anything looks off?

After restarting HA or the automation, it always returns to ‘88’ instead of what was there before.

What’s funny though is if I delete this —> {%- elif trigger.payload == “11” -%} 88…if works perfectly.

I’ve looked over the logs and nothing jumps out at me…

Found my problem…the MQTT topic was set to retain=false…