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By Elizabeth Tanner—
Election Day voting in Garza County for three run-off elections recorded 61 votes, which District and County Clerk Jim Plummer said is an extremely low turnout.
“The few that voted are those who traditionally vote in most of the elections,” Plummer said.
Plummer explained that only 6 percent of the 2,604 registered to vote in Garza County cast ballots throughout early voting and Election Day.
“I wish all registered voters participated in all the elections,” Plummer said. “Only 151 of registered voters came out.”
Plummer accounts the low turnout to the fact that there were no local races on either ballot.
On Election Day, 51 voters voted Republican while 10 voted Democrat.
Out of the 51 Republican voters, 45 voted for Larry Doss for Justice, 7th Court of Appeals District, Place 4, unexpired term, while six voted for opponent Steven Denny. Overall, Doss received 96 total votes (78.69 percent) while Denny received 26 votes (21.31 percent).
Out of 10 Democratic voters, nine voted for Mary “MJ” Hegar for US Senator while one voted for opponent Royce West. Overall, Hegar received 25 total votes (86.21 percent) while West received four total votes (13.79 percent). Five voted for Chrysta Casteneda as Railroad Commissioner while the remaining five voted for opponent Roberto R. “Beto” Alonzo. Overall, Casteneda received 20 total votes (68.97 percent) while Alonzo received 9 total votes (31.03 percent).
Although the election results were counted as a countywide total of Consolidated Precinct 1 by party, precinct total voters were as follows.
Pct. 1: 19
Pct. 2: 14
Pct. 3: 6
Pct. 4: 9
Pct. 5: 0
Pct. 6: 3
Pct. 1: 2
Pct. 2: 5
Pct. 3: 2
Pct. 4: 1
Pct. 5: 0
Pct. 6: 3
In the unofficial results for Texas, Doss led the Republican race for Justice, 7th Court of Appeals District, Place 4, unexpired term, with 33,281 votes (57.61 percent) while opponent Denny received 24,493 votes (42.39 percent).
On the Democratic side, Casteneda led the race for Railroad Commissioner with 575,460 votes (61.95 percent) while opponent Alonzo received 353,399 votes (38.05 percent). Hegar led the race for US Senator with 498,180 votes (52.13 percent) while opponent West received a close 457,555 votes (47.87 percent).