By Brian Bearden, TSB Contributor
The Republican Primary had several races that had everyone’s attention Tuesday night.
The biggest surprise could be how Scott Sanford pulled off a big win for state representative in District 70 over Bracy Wilson in what was expected by some to be a close race between two pastors.
“I called Scott and congratulated him for a spirited race,” Wilson said. “I thought he did great. I think he’s going to do great as our representative.”
Sanford had 60.62 percent of the vote. Sanford interview after the election:
Scott Turner breezed to a win in his District 33 State House race with 75.87 percent.
CPA Chris Hill kept hammering his pledge to be a full-time county commissioner and held off Ray Eckenrode in race to represent northeast Collin County.
Hill said: “Thank you very much to everyone for your encouragement and your support in the campaign! I am honored to have the opportunity to be your next county commissioner, and I look forward to serving everyone in Precinct 3.”
In the race for judge in the 199th court, Angela Tucker and her following at Randy White’s BBQ in Frisco watched until the very end as she edged Bob Dry. Tucker overcame negative ads in the last week to win with 56.60 percent of the vote.
“I want to thank everyone again for their support,” Tucker told Town Square Buzz at Randy White’s Hall of Fame BBQ in Frisco. “The polls were very busy, and I know that is because Team Tucker got out the vote.”
Barnett Walker and Sharon Ramage took the top two spots for judge and head into a runoff for judge. Opponent Gene Sera wished them luck from GOP Headquarters in McKinney, and said he gained a lot from running against two strong candidates.
Ben Smith had the most votes in the 380th court race with 35.86 percent. Terri Greene had 28.54 and Jody Johnson 22.03.
In the race for Collin County District Clerk, Andrea Stroh Thompson beat Tim Baker.
McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller said, “For those who ran for office in the primary today, thank you for participating in the political process that is vitally important to our rights as Americans. To those who were successful there is much to do, and I look forward to working with those who serve our mutual constituency on issues important to McKinney and our region.”
BOX WINS SHERIFF RACE
Terry Box easily held off Republican challengers to win the Republican primary for county sheriff again.
“I want to say how humbled I am by everyone’s hard work on my behalf to be reelected,” Sheriff Box said. “I will always do my best to make you proud of your Sheriff’s Office, and like I said tonight in front of a large crowd, most of the credit goes to the professional employees of the Collin County Sheriff’s Office for working so hard to make me look good.”
Mitt Romney won the county vote with 70.79 percent to Rick Santorum’s 10.13 percent and Ron Paul’s 10.06 percent.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and tea party fave Ted Cruz will be going to a runoff. Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert conceded early he had lost to what he called the “empty suits,” and Celina’s Craig James picked up about four percent of the vote.
“Today Republican voters made a choice between a conservative Texas businessman and Washington special interests,” Dewhurst said. “If you like Texas, you’re going to love the job I’m going to do for you in Washington.”
Cruz issued a challenge to Dewhurst to meet him for five debates before the July 31 runoff.
In Collin County, Cruz had 35.46 percent to 30.65 for Dewhurst, 27.04 percent for Leppert and 4.26 for James, who received 1,994 votes in the county.
James said: “Texans have spoken and they have said they want a second round between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz. I accept the judgment of the people, and I congratulate both candidates for making it into the runoff. It is now critically important that our conservative values be spoken to and boldly represented by each candidate.
“We, the people of Texas, will be watching carefully to determine how we will vote on the second Primary day. I, for one, will support the candidate who is the conservative alternative between the two. It will be a decision that we will all have to make, and we should listen carefully to what the candidates have to say before we cast our votes.
“I want to thank all of those who have supported and encouraged me: my family, particularly my wife Marilyn and my daughter Jessica, for all the help they provided both spiritually and emotionally. Thank you to my incredible campaign team, led by campaign manager Corbett Howard, for doing a great job and never losing heart.
“And of course, I want to thank the people of Texas for participating in one of freedom’s greatest exercises: the right to vote. It is my intention to stay actively involved in the conservative movement, and to have my voice heard in the months and years to come. Again, thank you and may God bless Texas and the United States.”
HALL, JOHNSON WIN EASILY
Congressmen Ralph Hall and Sam Johnson won handily. McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller congratulated Hall and thanked him for his leadership.
Congressman Johnson was in McKinney at GOP Headquarters Tuesday night after winning the Third Congressional District Republican primary election.
“Coming right after Memorial Day, a time of gratitude and reflection for our freedoms, this victory means a whole lot,” Johnson said. “I know that voters have a choice, and it’s humbling that they chose me.
“I know that America’s best days are ahead of us. The America I know and love fights for a better tomorrow, and together we will get there,” he said.
Johnson is the chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee and a member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
In McKinney, Johnson thanked all of his supporters for helping him wage a positive grass-roots campaign that focused on the issues. Johnson wants America to get back on the road to recovery and peel back the “layers of burdensome, over-reaching government created when Democrats controlled the U.S. House, the Senate and the White House.”
In the race for the State Board of Education in District 12, Gail Spurlock (31.07 percent) and Geraldine “Tincy” Miller (26.97) finished first and second.