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Jackson, Abbott win after tight races
Only 5,432 of Wilson County’s 28,105 registered voters cast ballots in the March 4 primary election. Despite this, the races for two local Republican seats -- county judge and Precinct 2 commissioner -- were won by close margins.
Richard “Dickie” Jackson, who currently serves as Wilson County Pct. 4 justice of the peace, won the Republican party’s nomination for Wilson County judge. Jackson received a total of 2,060 votes to Jay Pullin’s 1,895 votes.
Early on election night, it appeared that Pullin would win, as he was ahead in early voting. Pullin’s lead over Jackson widened until the last four boxes were counted. While Jackson only won in six of the county’s 16 election precincts, only 165 votes -- 0.6 percent -- separated the two.
Therefore,unless a write-in candidate files ahead of the Nov. 4 general election, Jackson will succeed fellow Republican County Judge Marvin Quinney -- who did not seek re-election -- in January.
One Republican who will have competition in November is Michael A. Abbott, who narrowly won his party’s nomination for Precinct 2 commissioner by just 19 votes. Abbott, who received 483 votes to Thomas Welfel’s 464 votes, will face Democrat incumbent Paul Pfeil in November. Pfeil ran unopposed in his party’s primary.
Precinct 2 voters also will vote for a justice of the peace, as Republican incumbent Sara Canady will have a rematch against Democrat challenger Michelle Tackitt. The two faced each other for the office in 2009 and ran unopposed in the primaries held by their respective parties this year.
Republican candidates for justice of the peace in Precincts 3 and 4 -- incumbent Jim Burdette and newcomer C.J. Rutland, respectively -- had no opposition in their races. However, in Precinct 1, Democrats Johnny Tejada Villarreal and Ernest Devora squared off in a rematch, with the incumbent, Villarreal, winning a decisive victory.
Other November races now set following the March 4 primary include:
•Governor -- Democrat Wendy Davis will face Republican Greg Abbott
•State Rep. District 44 -- Democrat Robert M. Bohmfalk will face Republican John Kuempel
•U.S. Rep. District 15 -- Democrat Rubén Hinojosa will face Republican Eddie Zamora
•General land office commissioner -- Democrat John Cook will face Republican George P. Bush.
Several races ended without a single candidate getting 50 percent of the vote, forcing a runoff election May 27. The two candidates with the highest vote totals in their races were:
•Republican, lieutenant governor candidates: David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick
•Republican, attorney general candidates: Ken Paxton and Dan Branch
•Republican, comptroller candidates: Glenn Hegar and Harvey Hilderbran. However, Hilderbran announced he would forgo the contest and support Hegar’s candidacy.
•Republican, agriculture commissioner: Sid Miller and Tommy Merritt
•Republican, railroad commissioner: Wayne Christian and Ryan Sitton
•Democrat, U.S. Senator: David Alameel and Kesha Rogers. The winner will face Republican incumbent John Cornyn, who beat seven primary challengers.
•Democrat, agriculture commissioner: Jim Hogan and Richard “Kinky” Friedman
•Democrat, 218th Judicial District judge, Carrie Moy and Sylvia Rodriguez.
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