Romney takes Grayson, clinches nomination


On his way to winning the Texas primary Tuesday and officially clinching the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney ran away with the vote in Grayson County, garnering 70.52 percent of all votes cast by Republican Party voters.

Romney received 8,179 of the 11,598 total Republican Presidential Primary votes cast in the county. Ron Paul was the closest candidate to the presumptive Republican nominee with 1,053 votes for 9.07 percent. Paul was also the only other presidential candidate to receive over 1,000 votes in the county, as Rick Santorum placed third with 998 votes for 8.60 percent, followed by the 604 voters who went with “Uncommitted” on their presidential ballot. President Barack Obama received 854 of the 994 total votes cast in the Democratic Party Presidential Primary for 85.92 percent.

Other Republican presidential candidates receiving votes were Newt Gingrich with 559 votes, Michele Bachmann with 81 votes, Jon Hunstman with 56 votes, Charles “Buddy” Roemer with 46 votes and John Davis with 22 votes. Also receiving votes in the Democratic primary were John Wolfe with 66, Darcy G. Richardson with 44 and Bob Ely with 30.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz will meet in a runoff election July 31 to decide who will be the Republican candidate vying to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate. Dewhurst received 41.95 percent of the vote in Grayson County thanks to the 4,574 votes cast in his favor, while Cruz received 3,035 votes for 27.84 percent. Other Republicans receiving votes in the primary were Tom Leppert with 1,456, Craig James with 1,218, Lela Pittenger with 205, Glenn Addison with 172, Ben Gambini with 107, Joe Agris with 77 and Curt Cleaver with 57.

Paul Sadler received the most votes in the Democratic primary in Grayson County for the Senate seat with 391 votes, followed by Grady Yarbrough with 230 votes, Addie Dainell Allen with 158 votes and Sean Hubbard with 144 votes.

As in the rest of District 4, well over half of all voters who cast ballots in Grayson County on Tuesday favored incumbent Ralph Hall over challengers Steve Clark and Lou Gigliotti. Hall received 6,097 votes for 53.96 percent in Grayson County to Clark’s 3,131 votes for 27.71 percent and Gigliotti’s 2,070 votes for 18.32 percent. VaLinda Hathcox received all 844 votes cast in the Democratic primary.

Full results for the county with all precincts and early voting were:

President

Republican

Jon Huntsman — 56 (0.48%)

Rick Santorum — 998 (8.6%)

Mitt Romney — 8,179 (70.52%)

Charles “Buddy” Roemer — 46 (0.4%)

Michele Bachman — 81 (0.7%)

Ron Paul — 1,053 (9.08%)

Newt Gingrich — 559 (4.82%)

John Davis — 22 (0.19%)

Uncommitted — 604 (5.21%)

Democrat

Barack Obama — 854 (85.92%)

Bob Ely — 30 (3.02%)

Darcy G. Richardson — 44 (4.43%)

John Wolfe — 66 (6.64%)

United States Senator

Republican

Joe Agris — 77 (0.71%)

Craig James — 1,218 (11.17%)

Ted Cruz — 3,035 (27.84%)

Tom Leppert — 1,456 (13.36%)

David Dewhurst — 4,574 (41.96%)

Glenn Addison — 172 (1.58%)

Curt Cleaver — 57 (0.52%)

Ben Gambini — 107 (0.98%)

Lela Pittenger — 205 (1.88%)

Democrat

Paul Sadler — 391 (42.36%)

Grady Yarbrough — 230 (24.92%)

Sean Hubbard — 144 (15.6%)

Addie Dainell Allen — 158 (17.12%)

U.S. Representative District 4

Republican

Steve Clark — 3,131 (27.71%)

Lou Gigliotti — 2,070 (18.32%)

Ralph M. Hall — 6,097 (53.97%)

Democrat

VaLinda Hathcox — 844 (100%)

Railroad Commissioner

Republican

Warren Chisum — 2,685 (30.24%)

Roland Sledge — 1,191 (13.41%)

Beryl Burgess — 717 (8.07%)

Becky Berger — 1,469 (16.54%)

Christi Craddick — 1,752 (19.73%)

Joe Cotten — 1,066 (12%)

Democrat

Dale Henry — 873 (100%)

Railroad Commissioner Unexpired Term

Republican

Barry Smitherman — 3,192 (36.77%)

Greg Parker — 3,081 (35.5%)

Al Lee — 570 (6.57%)

Elizabeth Murray-Kolb — 1,837 (21.16%)

Justice Supreme Court, Place 2

Republican

Steve Smith — 5,209 (59.63%)

Don Willett — 3,526 (40.37%)

Justice Supreme Court, Place 4

Republican

Joe Pool, Jr. — 3,759 (43.24%)

John Devine — 2,190 (25.19%)

David Medina — 2,745 (31.57%)

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6

Republican

Nathan Hecht — 7,641 (100%)

Democrat

Michele Petty — 829 (100%)

Presiding Judge Court of Criminal Appeals

Republican

Sharon Keller — 7,695 (100%)

Democrat

Keith Hampton — 819 (100%)

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7

Republican

Barbara Parker Hervey — 7,606 (100%)

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8

Republican

Elsa Alcala — 7,404 (100%)

Member, State Board of Eduation, District 9

Republican

Randy Stevenson — 4,618 (54.16%)

Thomas Ratliff — 3,908 (45.85%)

State Senator, District 30

Republican

Jim Herblin — 3,277 (30.97%)

Craig Estes — 7,304 (69.03%)

State Representative, District 62

Republican

Larry Phillips — 9,326 (100%)

Democrat

Eristeo Perez — 775 (100%)

Chief Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, District

Republican

Carolyn Wright — 7,754 (100%)

Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 2

Republican

Bill Whitehill — 2,683 (32.05%)

Jeff Coen — 869 (10.38%)

David Evans — 2,520 (30.1%)

Kevin Keith — 1,129 (13.49%)

Jennifer Balido — 1,170 (13.98%)

Democrat

Dan Wood — 802 (100%)

Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 5

Republican

Jim Moseley — 7,736 (100%)

Democrat

Penny R. Phillips — 797 (100%)

Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 9

Republican

Martin E Richter — 3,327 (42.44%)

David Lewis — 4,513 (57.56%)

Democrat

David Hanschen — 788 (100%)

Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 10

Republican

Molly Francis — 7,504 (100%)

Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 11

Republican

Douglas S. Lang — 7,517 (100%)

Democrat

Tonya J. Holt — 794 (100%)

Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 12

Republican

Robert M. “Bob” Fillmore — 7,407 (100%)

Democrat

Lawrence J. Preager — 789 (100%)

Justice, 5th Court of Appeals District, Place 13

Republican

Elizabeth Lang Miers — 7,344 (100%)

District Judge, 15th Judicial District

Republican

Jim Fallon — 8,386 (100%)

District Judge, 59th Judicial District

Republican

Rayburn M. “Rim” Nall — 8,490 (100%)

Criminal District Attorney

Republican

Joe Brown — 8,780 (100%)

Sheriff

Republican

Brent Adams — 1,322 (11.49%)

David S. Hawley — 2,632 (22.8%)

Keith Gary — 4,149 (36.07%)

Johnny Waldrip — 3,409 (29.64%)

County Tax Assessor- Collector

Republican

Bruce Stidham — 5,329 (50.20%)

Janis Hall — 5,287 (49.8%)

County Commissioner, Precinct 1

Republican

Jeff Whitmire — 1,095 (51.94%)

Ralph Renshaw III — 282 (13.28%)

Billy Hamilton — 731 (34.68%)

County Commissioner Precinct No. 3

Republican

Phyllis James — 962 (32.03%)

Jackie Crisp — 1,251 (41.66%)

Jim Cross — 790 (26.31%)

Democrat

Carol Shea — 228 (100%)

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

Republican

Rick Mason — 475 (12.55%)

Billy G. Teague, Sr. — 564 (14.9%)

Larry Atherton — 2,746 (72.55%)

Constable Precinct 1

Republican

Chad Mulkey — 1,087 (31.45%)

C.C. “Buddy” Wade — 2,369 (68.55%)

Constable Precinct 2

Republican

Mike Putman — 2,620 (100%)

Constable Precinct 3

Republican

Todd Booher — 938 (51.15%)

Scott Taylor — 896 (48.85%)

Constable Precinct 4

Republican

William R. “Bob” Douglas, Jr. — 1,147 (100%)

County Chairman

Republican

Larry Millson — 4,393 (50.09%)

Gary Cox — 4,378 (49.91%)

Democrat

Lander Bethel — 740 (100%)

Referendums

Democrat

Any graduate of a Texas high school, who has lived in the state for at least three years and lived here continuously for the last year, should be eligible for in-state tuition at state supported colleges and universities and given the opportunity to earn legal status through a higher education or military service.

For — 855 (83.33%)

Against — 171 (16.67%)

Because a college education is increasingly necessary for jobs that allow our citizens to achieve middle class lifestyles and become the entrepreneurs who create the jobs that our economy relies on, we call on the Texas Legislature to fund colleges and universities such that tuition and fees can be affordable to all Texans.

For — 916 (89.98%)

Against — 102 (10.02%)

Should the Texas Legislature allow the people of Texas to vote to legalize casino gambling with all funds generated being used only for education?

For — 731 (71.81%)

Against — 287 (28.19%)

Republicans

SCHOOL CHOICE:

The state should fund education by allowing dollars to follow the child instead of the bureaucracy, through a program which allows parents the freedom to choose their child’s school, public or private, while also saving significant taxpayer dollars.

Yes — 9,469 (84.14%)

No — 1,785 (15.86%)

REPEALING OBAMACARE:

Congress should immediately repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) and reject the rationing of healthcare by government or the intrusion by government into the doctor -patient relationship.

Yes — 10,464 (91.5%)

No — 972 (8.5%)

PUBLIC PRAYER

Government should be prohibited from restricting the content of public prayer.

Yes — 10,511 (90.8%)

No — 1,065 (9.2%)

BALANCED BUDGET / CONTROLLING GOVERNMENT GROWTH

Out of control spending should be stopped at all levels of federal and state government through constitutional amendments limiting any increase in government spending to the combined increase of population and inflation, requiring voter approval.

Yes — 10,711 (94.67%)

No — 603 (5.33%)

Redistricting

The Texas Legislature should redraw the court-imposed lines for Congress and State legislative districts in its upcoming session in order to remedy inequities.

Yes — 8,142 (77.41%)

No — 2,376 (22.59%)