There was a large gathering of candidates, candidates’ friends and their supporters in the Annex foyer in Huntsville last night as election numbers were tallied by Election Director Diana McRae’s staff.
In the race for judge of the 278th District Court, Attorney Hal Ridley won out over Attorney Thomas Leeper in an overall vote, which included Madison and Leon counties, of 4,629 to 3,986.
In other contested races, incumbent Tim Paulsel will compete for the Precinct #4 Commissioner position in a Republican nomination runoff in May with Jimmy D. Henry. Henry got 40.2 percent of the vote while Paulsel got 39.8.
In the Precinct #3 race for J-P, Mark Holt was able to avoid a runoff with opponent Troy Allen as Holt picked up 50.7 percent of the vote. Allen garnered 32.25 percent of the race tally.
In the Precinct #4 race for J-P, Stephen Cole won out over Sandy Brown Glisson in a close Republican primary contest. Cole picked up 654 votes while Glisson had 625. Cole will be competing against Democrat Cade S. Reece in November’s general election.
In the race for County Treasurer, Amy Buckner Klawinsky beat candidate Martha Williams Cook by a vote of 2,856 to 2,076.
Congressman Kevin Brady won big in the race for District 8 U-S Representative over Craig McMichael. Brady won 72.64 percent of the vote to McMichael’s 27.36.
Statewide, there will be a runoff in the Republican lieutenant governor’s race between Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst. U-S Senator John Cornyn won out over challenger Steve Stockman. Republican candidate George P. Bush will take on Democrat John Cook for Texas land commissioner in November.
In the primary race for Democratic Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Jim Hogan and Kinky Friedman will face off.
In the primary race for Republican Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Sid Miller and Tommy Merritt are headed for the runoff.
In the race for Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton will face Dan Branch in the May runoff.
Wayne Christian will face Ryan Sitton in a runoff for Texas Railroad Commissioner.
Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott will face each other in the race for governor.