WASHINGTON — The House voted last week to suspend a new tax penalty facing Americans who do not purchase health insurance required under the Affordable Care Act.
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Some of the candidates in Fannin County’s two contested elections spoke to the Herald Democrat Wednesday about their thoughts on the results and their future plans.
United States Senator
The following are the Republican primary election results for Fannin County. These are not the statewide results.
With the results from Tuesday’s Republican primaries in, the race is over for some, while other candidates will continue into a runoff election in May. David Hawley secured the nomination for Grayson County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 and Jeff Stanley and Rita Noel will meet in a runoff for Precinct 4.
Former Sherman Mayor Bill Magers and Grayson County Treasurer Trent Bass will meet again in the coming months in the race for the Grayson County judge seat. Magers took the early lead in the race to see who would replace Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum and never looked back.
Facing a crowded field of six candidates, U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall and former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe finished an easy 1-2 in the Republican primary balloting for the 4th Congressional District Tuesday, setting the stage for the first runoff election the 4th CD has seen in more than three decades. Hall fell four points shy of the 50 percent threshold that would have precluded the runoff and all but ensured an 18th term in the House for the 90-year-old. The former U.S. Attorney Ratcliffe utilized a hefty chunk of his personal fortune and a seemingly well-oiled campaign machine to secure 29 percent of the vote.
By Jerrie Whiteley
Listed below are the results of statewide races as called by The Texas Tribune:
In Tuesday night’s Republican primary, incumbent David Whitlock secured the nomination over opponent Gary Cox, securing his fourth term as Grayson County Commissioner for Precinct 2.