The ballots were cast, the polls closed and Texans waited anxiously Tuesday night to find out the results of state and local primaries. There were sweeping victories and several races resulted in the need for runoffs.
Of course, several candidates ran unopposed. If no independent challenger appears, they are primed for a win in November.
On the state level, Gov. Greg Abbott soared to victory on the Republican ticket. Abbott swept the ticket, taking home 1,362,631 votes, or 90 percent of the vote, to Barbara Krueger’s 125,025 votes and Secede Kilgore’s 20,075 votes.
Abbott will still face a challenge from the Democratic nominee in November. Lupe Valdez and Andrew White are slated for a runoff to see who wins the party nomination.
Also on the state level, Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller won their primary races.
In the battle for U.S Representative for District 1, Democrat Shirley J. McKellar swooped to a win over Brent Beal, taking home 59 percent of the vote. McKellar will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, who easily cruised to a win on the Republican ticket with 88 percent of the vote.
Locally, there were several upsets.
In Gregg County, incumbent District Attorney lost to challenger Tom Watson.
Dorrough has served as district attorney for the past 11 years and has worked for the district attorney’s office since 1991.
Watson took home 5,203 votes, or 55 percent, to Dorrough’s 4,303, or 45 percent. Watson is a former police officer.
“My leading style is a lot different I believe than the incumbent’s,” Watson said. “So I think it’s just going off feeling everything out and working with the staff and trying to build a teamwork approach and really just putting our heads together and working for the citizens of Gregg County.”
Gregg County residents can expect to see several runoff elections.
In the race for Precinct 4 County Commissioner, Democratic candidates Kasha Williams and Shannon Brown received 50 percent of the vote each, with both candidates receiving exactly 1,036 votes.
And in the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace race, incumbent James Mathis led by a narrow margin – 975 votes to Robby R. Cox’s 965 votes. Both candidates received 47 percent of the vote. A third challenger, Keeth U.K. Johnson, received 134 votes.
In Smith County, a contentious race between Republican candidates for the Smith County District Attorney seat has come to a close.
Jacob Putman garnered almost 13,000 votes, topping Alicia Barkley.
No Democrat filed to run against Putman in the general election. Candidates have until August to file to run as an independent in the general election.
Putman credited those who supported him for the victory.
“It was really law enforcement, they came to me and asked me if I would run because they know how I try my cases. And after a lot of prayer and talking with my wife, we decided this is what He was calling us to do. He’s been really faithful,” Putman said.
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