orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

July 28, 2012

Surge in turnout brings early voting to a close

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Early voting has come to its conclusion in the Republican and Democratic Primary runoff elections. Now all candidates await election day this Tuesday.

A total of 2,265 ballots have been submitted in the Republican runoff election as early voting concluded on Friday afternoon. This includes a total of 644 ballots submitted on Friday, the final day of early voting, plus Thursday’s total of 379.

In the Democratic Primary run-off, a total of 423 ballots have been submitted as early voting ended Friday. A total of 42 voters submitted ballots on Friday, along with 32 ballots which were received at the four early voting locations on Thursday.

The Republican ballot has a total of five races in need of a runoff.

The race most people are concerned about in Orange County is for the newly created District 36 seat for United States Representative, which features a run-off between Stephen Takach and Steve Stockman.

Other races include David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz, who are battling it out for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator, while Warren Chisum and Christi Craddick face off for Railroad Commissioner. Greg Parker and Barry Smitherman are facing one another for an unexpired term for Railroad Commissioner. In the race for Supreme Court Justice, Place, 4, John Devine is being contested by David Medina.

The sole runoff race in the Democratic Party is for United States Senator as Paul Sadler faces Grady Yarbrough.

Election day is from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 31.