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Straight-party voters decide constable’s race; Lemons wins second term

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By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Clay County residents met the expectations of officials during Tuesday’s general election as 5,094 ballots were cast by more than 65 percent of registered voters.

Straight party voting played a major role in at least one county race as Democratic incumbent Toby Davis, who has served as constable for 20 years, was defeated by Republican Ronnie Pullin, a candidate who did not campaign. Pullin had stated publicly that he did not want to defeat Davis, but was running as a way to get his name out, bettering his chances in winning once Davis retired.

Recorded in the election results were 1,622 straight-ticket ballots for the Republican Party. Only 771 votes separated Pullin from Davis.

Kenny Lemons, incumbent for sheriff, also benefitted from straight-party voters. Lemons, who moved from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party for the primaries, defeated Democratic opponent Dee Litteken by 1,391 votes, garnering 63 percent of the vote.

Tax Assessor-Collector candidate Maribel Longoria, a Republican who has worked in the office for six years, defeated Democrat Bobbi Gilmore by 3,093 votes. Of the ballots cast, or 81 percent of the vote.

Clay County supported incumbent Craig Estes, Republican, for State Senator from District 30, giving Estes 84 percent, while Republican James Frank won 86 percent of the vote for District 69 State Representative.

Republican Ted Cruz earned Clay County’s support for U.S. Senate with 78 percent, while incumbent Republican Mac Thornberry garnered 90 percent of the vote for U.S. Representative for District 13.  Both Cruz and Thornberry are projected winners of their respective districts.

Clay County voters were in favor of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for president and vice president or Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The Romney-Ryan ticket received 84 percent.

Results by race as follows:

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