2,127 voters in total turned out for the primary election last Tuesday, May 29, out of the 7,020 registered voters in the county–just over 30%. Voters were asked to decide between two candidates in two county races on the Republican ballot.
In the race for the Republican nomination for Blanco County Sheriff, incumbent Bob Morgan garnered 1,431 votes, defeating challenger Ronnie Steubing, who received 528 votes. In the Republicans’ County Attorney race, David Hall won with 1,350 votes against the 591 votes for Chelita Riley.
The judge and attorney races in the 33rd/424th judicial district also saw multiple candidates on the Republican ballot. Allan Garrett beat out Richard Davis in the race for district judge. Garrett received 2,687 from the entire district. Richard D. Davis received 668 votes in Blanco County and a total of 2,522 votes.
The race for district attorney will see a runoff election held on Tuesday, July 31, as the two top contenders failed to receive 51% of the vote. Angela Dowdle received 2,228 votes (39.12%), Wiley “Sonny” McAfee 1,974 votes (34.66%), and Stephen Michael Todd 1,493 votes (26.22%).
Also on the Republican runoff ballot will be the U.S. Senate candidate. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst came in just under 50% and will go against Ted Cruz in July.
While the County Clerk hosts the early voting and counts the votes during the primary election, the county’s Republican and Democratic parties are in charge. It’s county chairs Ann Hall (Republican) and Barbara Hudson (Democrat) who make the primary elections run in the county.