Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
A large number of Orange County residents, and across Texas, headed to the polls this past Tuesday during the Republican and Democratic Primary Runoff Election.
The Republican and Democratic Primary Runoff Election was held Tuesday, July 31 across the state of Texas, including several voting locations in Orange County. There were five races on the Republican ballot and only one runoff election on the Democratic ballot.
A total of 5,212 registered voters submitted ballots on Tuesday, July 31, and during the early voting period from July 23 through July 27 in Orange County. Of those 5,22 ballots, the Republican party received 4,569 of those ballots.
The race many people were watching closely was the runoff between Steve Stockman and Stephen Takach for the Republican nomination to the newly created congressional district 36 seat.
Stockman defeated Takach both in Orange County and across the district by more than 4,000 votes.
The veteran politician from Beaumont is now the favorite, according to the Associated Press, to win the Republican-leaning district in the Nov. 6 general election. He will face Democrat Max Martin in that race.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst received the majority of votes in Orange County in his bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator against Ted Cruz, but it was Cruz who claimed victory in the state-wide race.
Cruz will be heavily favored in November to succeed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is retiring, as he faces off against Paul Sadler who defeated Grady Yarbrough on Tuesday for the Democratic nomination.
John Devine, who gained notoriety for fighting to keep the Ten Commandments on display in his Houston courtroom, topped David Medina and has no Democratic opposition in November for a spot on the Texas Supreme Court.