Clay County voters turn out for Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz

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Clay County Republicans chose Ted Cruz, backed by the Tea Party, as their candidate for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. Cruz won 69.6 percent of the vote in the consolidated precinct, outpacing opponent David Dewhurst 393-171.

The two candidates campaigned heavily in Clay County by phone and through the mail. The contentious runoff drove voters to the polls for higher-than-expected turnout. Some 564 voters participated in the Republican and Democratic primary runoffs. The last runoff, held in 2010, drew only 66 voters in Clay County.

In the Democratic runoff, Paul Sadler defeated Grady Yarbrough with 73.3 percent of the vote. Sadler drew 22 votes to Yarbrough’s eight. It was the only runoff in the state Democratic Party.

In the Republican runoff, Christi Craddick defeated Warren Chisum 117-82 for nomination for railroad commissioner. With the support Governor Rick Perry, Barry Smitherson defeated Greg Parker 98-87 for the Republican nomination for an unexpired term as railroad commissioner.

John Devine defeated David Medina 241-231 in the Republican runoff for Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Place 4.

Statewide results were not available at the time of this post.

Republican Primary Runoff – Local Results

US SenateRailroad CommissionerRailroad Commissioner,
Unexpired Term
Justice Supreme Court,
Place 4
David Dewhurst – 171Warren Chisum – 213Barry Smitherman – 229John Devine – 241
Ted Cruz – 393Christi Craddick – 282Greg Parker – 245David Medina – 231

Republican Primary Runoff – Statewide Results

US SenateRailroad CommissionerRailroad Commissioner,
Unexpired Term
Justice Supreme Court,
Place 4
David Dewhurst
450,562 – 43.76%
Warren Chisum
370,113 – 40.28%
Barry Smitherman
551,691 – 61.82%
John Devine
477,309 – 53.62%
Ted Cruz
578,938 – 56.23%
Christi Craddick
548,724 – 59.71%
Greg Parker
340,637 – 38.17%
David Medina
412,784 – 46.37%

Democratic Primary Runoff – Local Results

US Senate
Paul Sadler – 22
Grady Yarbrough – 8

Democratic Primary Runoff – Statewide Results

US Senate
Paul Sadler
145,235 – 63.05%
Grady Yarbrough
85,099 – 36.94%
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