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Unofficial primary election voter returns
by Tim Delaney
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Editors note: Primary election results published in last week’s County Press were early voting totals. Below is the final voting outcome.

REFUGIO COUNTY – Unofficial final election results were compiled Tuesday night by the Refugio County Election Administrator.

The total number of ballots cast was 1,003, or about 20 percent of the 5,011 registered voters in Refugio County.

Voters casting ballots for Democrats numbered 312 or 6.21 percent.

Voters casting ballots for Republicans numbered 691 or 13.79 percent.

“I’m surprised at the low voter turnout,” said Refugio County Judge Rene Mascorro, who ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary.

Mascorro said he had watched the Republican contested race for county judge.

“The contested race was amicable. It’s good. That’s the way we should act in general,” he said.

Still, Mascorro noted that 90 percent of voters in Refugio County are registered as Democrats and he was disappointed at the party’s turnout.

He surmised the low Democratic turnout was because of a lack of contested races.

“I commend Mr. (Bobby) Blaschke and Mrs. (Sylvia) Barrera Wiginiton for stepping out there in the fray,” Mascorro said. “It says a lot about them.”

Mascorro said his general election opponent, Bobby Blaschke, has a lot of supporters.

“And so do I,” he said. “It will be fun and interesting. I want people to get involved, got out and vote for their candidate, whether it’s me or my opponent,” he said.

“I believe in starting where we have common ground: We all love this county,” Mascorro added.

Blaschke wished his Republican opponent Sylvia Barrera Wiginton well and said he is now turning his attention to the general election.

“The turnout was pretty impressive for the Republican Primary. That speaks volumes in itself about people who are interested in this race,” Blaschke said.

Blaschke said his principles will guide his campaign so that he will be “caring and committed with engaged leadership.”

“I’m planning on running a very positive campaign that will lead to the November election,” he added.

Vote totals will become official once they are canvassed. Here are the unofficial final totals for candidates and party initiatives:

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

U.S. senator – David Alameel, 85; the next highest vote was for Maxey Marie, 79.

U.S. representative –Wesley Reed, 196.

Governor – Wendy Davis, 141; Reynaldo ‘Ray” Madrigal, 112.

Lt. Governor – Leticia Van de Putte, 216.

Attorney General – Sam Houston, 219.

Comptroller – Mike Collier, 213.

General Land Office – John Cook, 217.

Agriculture Commissioner – Jim Hogan, 105; Kinky Friedman, 75.

Railroad commissioner – Steve Brown, 165; Dale Henry, 57.

Chief Justice, Supreme Court – William Moody, 199.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 – Lawrence Edward Meyers, 198.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7 – Gina Benavides, 220.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8 – Sharon McCally, 220.

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 3 – John Granberg, 200.

Board of Education, District 2 – Ruben Cortez Jr., 215.

Justice, 13th Court of Appeals, Place 6 – Dori Contreras Garza, 218.

Refugio County Judge – Rene Mascorro, 231.

District Clerk – Ruby Vela Garcia, 275.

County Clerk – Ida Ramirez, 272.

County Treasurer –Elaine Henning, 259.

County Commissioner, Precinct 2 – Stanley Tuttle, 42.

County Commissioner, Precinct 4 – Rod Bernal, 55.

Justice of the Peace, No. 1 – Lorraine M. Lopez, 124.

Justice of the Peace, No. 2 – Emi Pullin Riemenschneider, 141.

Democratic Party initiatives:

Immigration reform – 223 for, 48 against.

Living wage for all Texans – 224 for, 52 against.

Medicaid expansion – 216 for, 59 against.

Non-discrimination legislation – 232 for, 42 against.

REPUBLICAN PARTY

U.S. senator – John Cornyn, 338; the next highest vote was for Steve Stockman, 89.

U.S. representative –Blake Farenthold, 527.

Governor – Greg Abbott, 554.

Lt. Governor – David Dewhurst, 302; Todd Staples, 112.

Attorney General – Ken Paxton, 224; Dan Branch, 146; Barry Smitherman, 125.

Comptroller – Glenn Hegar, 301; Harvey Hilderbran, 108; Debra Medina, 104.

General Land Office – George P. Bush, 465; David Watts, 131.

Agriculture Commissioner – Joe Cotton, 212; Sid MIller, 88; Tommy Merritt, 80.

Railroad commissioner – Wayne Christian, 208; Ryan Sitton, 142; Becky Berger, 115.

Chief Justice, Supreme Court – Nathan Hecht, 268; Robert Talton, 213.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 – Jeff Brown, 259, Joe Pool, 208.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7 – Jeff Boyd, 447.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8 – Phil Johnson, 247.

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 3 – Bert Richardson, 289; Barbara Walther, 168.

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 4 – Richard Dean, 172; Kevin Patrick Yeary, 172; Jani Jo Wood, 112.

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 9 – W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall, 282; David Newell, 183.

State Representative – Geanie W. Morrison, 478.

Justice, 13th Court of Appeals, Place 6 – Doug Norman, 263; Bradford M. Condit, 168.

Judicial District Judge – Juergan “Skipper” Koetter, 438

Refugio County Judge – Bobby Blaschke, 552; Sylvia Barrera Wiginton, 122.

Republican Party initiatives:

Religious freedom – 661 for, 7 against.

Second Amendment – 581 for, 66 against.

Franchise tax – 563 for, 60 against.

Welfare reform – 641 for, 21 against.

No lawmaker exceptions – 653 for, 5 against.

Obamacare – 622 for, 36 against.
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