WOODVILLE – Once again, Tyler County residents turned out to the polling locations to make their voices heard in another Super Tuesday.
The primary season closed on Tuesday with 4,976 registered voters turning out to the polls. Of these residents, 4,347 voted in the Republican primary while 629 voted in the Democratic primary. There were no Democratic Party candidates for any of the county seats up for election this year.
Several countywide races were contested, including that of sheriff, with challenger incumbent Bryan Weatherford earning 2,644 votes to challenger Tim Kean’s 1,589.
The race for Commissioner Pct. 1 drew six candidates. Joe Blacksher drew 544 votes; Kent Gore 377; Cathy Bennett 152; John Wilson 137; Greg Stewart 90 and Richard A. Murray, Jr. 81. Blacksher will compete in a run-off against Gore In the Pct. 2 Constable race, Casey Whitworth won with 534 votes to Donald E. Calhoon’s 391. Precinct 4’s Constable position also drew a pair of challengers with the retirement of longserving Jim Zachary. Zachary’s son Zach won by a single vote in the unofficial numbers with 469 to Anthony Ross’s 468.
Ronnie Ford ran unopposed for the Pct. 1 Constable post, and earned 1,218 votes. Other uncontested races in the county included Pct. 3 Commissioner Mike Marshall, who received 872 votes and tax assessor-collector Lynette Cruse, who received 3,912 votes.
For the 88th Judicial District, incumbent District Judge Earl Stover III did not draw an opponent, and received 3,701 Tyler County votes. In statewide elections, Senator John Cornyn received 2,568 votes from county residents, more than half of those received by his nearest competitor, Dwayne Stovall, who earned 744 Tyler County votes.
In statewide elections, Senator John Cornyn received 2,568 votes from county residents, more than half of those re-ceived by his nearest competitor, Dwayne Stovall, who earned 744 Tyler County votes.Representative Brian Babin received overwhelming support with 4,104 votes to RJ Boatman’s 185. In the Presidential race, President Donald Trump drew 4,131 votes from Tyler Countians. At press time, Joe Biden was leading the Democratic bid for the presidency in Texas by a narrow lead, while President Trump easily maintained the GOP nomination.
Voters in the Democratic Primary in the county favored Joe Biden for the Presidency with 300 votes. Rashad Lewis, who is running for the District 36 congressional seat currently occupied by Dr. Brian Babin received 447 votes as the sole Democratic candidate for that position.
In 2016, the last presidential election year, Tyler County turned out a total of 4,948 voters in the primary, with 4,323 of them GOP ballots and 625 Democrat. Comparatively, with this year’s totals, 28 more voters came out to the polling locations.
The above numbers all represent unofficial totals for the primary. The provisional ballots will be counted and certified next week by the County Clerk’s office. We will post any updates on the Booster Facebook page.