Six-thousand-four-hundred-and-two Walker County voters turned out for the Republican and Democratic Primaries last night.
In the unofficial results, District 8 Republican Congressional incumbent Kevin Brady beat out his Republican challenger Larry Youngblood by capturing 83.6% of the vote. Locally, Brady’s Democratic opponent, Neil Burns, picked up 632 votes in the Democratic Primary. In a hard-fought race for District 5 State Senate, Republican Charles Schwertner won with about 58% of the vote over local Huntsville candidate Ben Bius. In the contest for State Representative, District 18, John Otto came out on top with 57.5% of the vote over Dwayne Stovall.
Republican Jim Willett beat Republican challenger Bobby Bates by 9 votes, 500 to 491, in the race for Precinct #1 County Commissioner. Willett will face Democratic incumbent B-J Gaines, Jr. who ran unopposed. Republican Incumbent Precinct #3 Commissoner Bobby Warren picked up enough votes, 55.75%, to win out over challengers Phillip Hons and Paul Webb. Warren will take on Democrat Bill Daugette in the November race. Justice of the Peace Precinct #2 Republican candidate Mike Countz got 56.3% of the vote, beating out Shane Loosier and Eric Fugate. Countz will be facing Democrat Tom Wood in the November election. Picking up 74% of the Republican Primary vote for Constable Precinct #1, John Hooks won over Joseph Cochran. He will run unopposed in the general election. In the Republican Primary for Constable Precinct #2, incumbent Reed Prehoda beat out Lane Hurst with 56.2% of the vote. Prehoda will run unopposed. In the Precinct #3 Constable Republican Primary contest, incumbent Steve Hill beat Curtis Beckham. Hill picked up 67.3% of the vote and will run unopposed. Precinct #4 Constable Republican incumbent Gene Bartee picked up the most votes over David Sallee by getting 77.7% of the votes. Bartee will run unopposed in November. Other Republican candidates running unopposed in November include Sheriff Clint McRae, 12th Judicial District Judge Don Kraemer, and Tax Assessor-Collector Diana McRae.
And there will be runoffs in the U-S Senate race. Republican David Dewhurst, who received 57.96% of the vote in Walker County, is headed for a runoff against Republican Ted Cruz. In the Democratic race for the Senate Seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, Paul Sadler will face Grady Yarbrough.
And with a win in the Texas Primary, Mitt Romney has clinched the Republican nomination for president.