Small Percentage of Voters Determine State and Local Races
Very few voters determined the outcome of yesterday’s Primary Runoff Election. In Kaufman County only 11.91 percent of registered voters in the Democrat and Republican Primary Runoff Elections cast ballots. That percentage comes out to 8,361 total votes, out of 70,174 registered voters in Kaufman County. Van Zandt County officials, at the time of this story, had not yet pulled the report providing equivalent information, however, it is known that a total of only 5,409 total ballots were cast. Henderson County had a total of 7,396 voters for Democrat and Republican Primary Runoffs. Gregg County reports 2.35 percent of registered voter turnout. That translates to 1,604 ballots cast out of 68,329 registered voters.
So many people don’t seem to realize how important the Primary Elections are. These winners listed below, will now appear on the November General Election ballot, and will be the only choice within their respective parties. Never underestimate the power of your vote. It is desperately needed…in each election. And, as can clearly be seen, Primary and Runoff Election votes carry far more weight than General Election votes, as there are fewer voters in those earlier elections. The General Election between each party’s candidates will be Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Results are as follows:
Statewide Democrat Primary Runoff for Governor– Lupe Valdez received 227,642 votes to Andrew White’s 201,442 votes.
Republican Primary Runoff Congressional District 5– Lance Gooden received 23,294 votes to Bunni Pounds’ 20,542 votes.
Justice, 3rdCourt of Appeals District, Place 6– Michael “Mike” Toth received 28,745 votes to Donna Davidson’s 25,662 votes.
Justice, 5thCourt of Appeals District, Place 12– Jim Pikl received 25,890 votes to William “Randy” Johnson’s 18,944 votes.
District 4 State Representative– Keith Bell received 7,892 votes to Stuart Spitzer’s 5,508 votes.
County Judge – Hal Richards received 3,931 votes to Jakie Allen’s 3,330 votes.
County Commissioner, Precinct 1– Mike Hunt received 1,053 votes to George Mayfield’s 609 votes.
County Commissioner, Pct. 4– Ken Cates received 1,075 votes to Monty Roberts’ 1,028 votes.
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2– Amy Tarno received 1,057 votes to Scott Whitaker 951 votes.
District Judge, 294thJudicial District – Chris Martin received 2,599 votes to Tina Brumbelow’s 2,500 votes.
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 – Sandra Plaster received 975 votes to Sue Baugh’s 725 votes.
County Commissioner, Pct. 2 – Scott Tuley received 850 votes to David Conner’s 816 votes.
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5 – Belinda Garrison Brownlow received 673 votes to Patrick Gresham’s 596 votes.
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4 Robby R. Cox received 697 votes to James Mathis’ 510 votes.