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:

Clay County Sheriff, Tax Assessor-Collector, Constable

SheriffTax Assessor-CollectorConstable
K. Lemons
Republican
D. Litteken
Democratic
M. Longoria
Republican
B. Gilmore
Democratic
R. Pullin
Republican
T. Davis
Democratic
Early1,1266751,493281989742
Prec. 1 - SE Henrietta15012721259149122
Prec. 6 - Byers1421041776490157
Prec. 8 - NE Henrietta1418919140106117
Prec. 9 - NW Henrietta9358134177275
Prec. 10 - Vashti8447110209038
Prec. 11 - Dean35311336087282171
Prec. 12 - Jolly10143110288945
Prec. 13 - Thornberry731056236618
Prec. 14 - Charlie881787155945
Prec. 15 - SW Henrietta586486324669
Prec. 17 - Arrowhead31713636183328113
Prec. 20 - Midway9463123359554
Prec. 24 - Bellevue7679130219952
Prec. 26 - Buffalo Sp.652772216724
Prec. 27 - Petrolia174861975080175
Prec. 32 - Windthorst6369972710120
Totals3,1981,8073,9969032,8082,037

Unopposed Candidates for County and District Offices

Unopposed Candidates for County Office
County AttorneyCommissioner Precinct 3Commissioner Precinct 197th Dist. Attorney97th Dist. Judge
Seth Slagle
Republican
John McGregor
Republican
Lindy Choate
Democratic
Paige Williams
Republican
Jack McGaughey (R)
Totals4,2251,1277713,9964,173

Local Results: U.S. President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative

President
Romney/Ryan
Republican
Obama/Biden
Democratic
Johnson/Gray
Libertarian
Stein/Honkala
Green
Totals4,266740473
U.S. Senator
Ted Cruz
Republican
Paul Sadler
Democratic
John Jay Myers
Libertarian
David B. Collins
Green
Totals3,8209109035
U.S. Dist. Representative
Mac Thornberry
Republican
John Robert Deek
Libertarian
Keith F. Houston
Green
Totals4,295343117

Local Results: Contested State Offices

Railroad Commissioner
Christi Craddick
Republican
Dale Henry
Democratic
Vivekananda Wall
Libertarian
Chris Kennedy
Green
Totals3,6389097889
Railroad Commissioner, unexpired
Barry Smitherman
Republican
Jaime O. Perez
Democratic
Josh Wendel
Green
Totals3,825379161
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2
Don Willett
Republican
Roberto Koelsch
Libertarian
Totals3,938441
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4
John Devine
Republican
Tom Oxford
Libertarian
Charles E. Waterbury
Green
Totals3,783443158
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6
Nathan Hecht
Republican
Michele Petty
Democratic
Mark Ash
Libertarian
Jim Chisholm
Green
Totals3,39795016396
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
Sharon Keller
Republican
Keith Hampton
Democratic
Lance Stott
Libertarian
Total3,513947138
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7
Barbara P. Hervey
Republican
Mark W. Bennett
Libertarian
Total3,765593
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8
Elsa Alcala
Republican
William B. Strange, III
Libertarian
Totals3,651680
Member, State Board of Education, Place 15
Marty Rowley
Republican
Steven D. Schafersman
Democratic
Totals3,642929
State Senator, District 30
Craig Estes
Republican
Richard Wells Forsythe, Jr.
Libertarian
Total3,897706
State Representative, Dist. 69
James Frank
Republican
Richard Brown
Libertarian
Total3,799580

Unopposed Candidates for State Offices

Unopposed Candidates for State Office
Chief Justice,
Second Court of Appeals
Justice, Second Court of Appeals, Place 4Justice, Second Court of Appeals, Place 5Justice, Second Court of Appeals, Place 6
Terrie Livingston
Republican
Bob McCoy
Republican
Sue Walker
Republican
LeeAnn C. Dauphinot
Republican
Totals3,9723,9663,9593,956

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