By BOB PALMER,
With more than half of Tuesday’s voters in Marion County casting straight Republican ballots, GOP candidates piled up huge margins. The local trend contributed to Republican congressional victories and a sweep of all statewide offices.
According to Marion County Clerk Vickie Smith, 3,566 votes were cast in the “mid-term” election. This amounted to about 48 percent of the county’s 7,359 registered voters, Registrar Karen Jones said.
Smith reported a quiet election day. “We had some bumps and kinks early in the morning, but everything got worked out after that,” Smith said.
The election officer praised the efforts of the election team. “We could not do this election without my employees in the office and the poll workers,” Smith said. “We thank them so much.”
According to complete, but unofficial, election returns, 1,784 voters cast straight Republican tickets. Another 734 voted straight Democrat. Twelve voted straight Libertarian. The one-bubble voters buoyed Republican candidates across the ballot. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz with 2,443 votes amassed 70.08 percent of the votes cast in the race against Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
As of 8 a.m. Wednesday Cruz had been declared the winner with 4.2 million votes and 50.89 percent, according to the Texas Secretary of State. Cruz spoke Tuesday at his victory party shortly after clinching his second term in a race that was closely watched nationally. “Texas saw something this year that we’ve never seen before,” Cruz told
Ultimately, he says, Texans came together behind “a common-sense agenda of low taxes, low regulations, and lots and lots of jobs.” U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe also carried Marion County by more than 70 percent on his way to an easy victory over Democrat Catherine Krantz with 75.69 percent of the district-wide vote.
Local voters also favored Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the other Republican incumbents in state-wide offices. Abbott received more than 70 percent of the Marion County vote, while Patrick, Ken Paxton, Sid Miller, and George P. Bush slipped a point to 69 percent.
With 4.6 million votes statewide, Abbott easily outdistanced former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez who received 42.5 percent of the ballots cast. In the only contested local race, incumbent Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Joann Nutt defeated Democratic challenger Tosha Yvette Moore 444 to 356. Nutt had previously been elected as a Democrat but switched parties prior to this election. Request for comment from the Jimplecute to Nutt were not returned.
In other local elections, voters confirmed earlier primary results. District Judge Robert Rolston was re-elected. Dean Fowler was chosen to replace District Judge Lauren Parish. Marion County Judge Leward LaFleur, appointed to fill the unexpired term of Judge Lex Jones after winning the Republican Primary, was officially elected.
Also elected were District Clerk Susan Anderson, County Clerk Vickie Smith, County Treasurer Terrie S. Neuville, Commissioner Joe McKnight, Commissioner Charles W. Treadwell and Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Lena Pope.
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