Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

November 8, 2012

County’s voter turnout hit 54%

By LIBBY CLUETT

PALO PINTO – Tuesday’s election was historic in many senses, especially locally. For the first time in Palo Pinto County’s history, local ballots had only Republican candidates, beginning with District 60 State Rep. Jim Keffer’s race and going down the ballot to commissioners and constables.

For the first time in county history Republicans swept county-wide from the top to the bottom of the ticket.

In the county’s 28 voting precincts, a total of 9,419 voters – more than 54 percent of Palo Pinto County’s 17,255 registered voters – cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. Although these votes constituted just over 0.11 percent of Texas votes, the local numbers reveal some interesting trends.

With no Democrats challenging Republicans, and many elected officials who switched parties when they filed almost a year ago, there were no county contested races. However, each county candidate received different numbers of votes.

While taxes were a hot topic in so many races up and down the ballot, it seems ironic that Palo Pinto County Tax Assessor-Collector Linda Tuggle – the person who has been collecting county taxes for several years – gained the greatest number of countywide votes. Tuggle, an incumbent, had 7,911 votes.

Palo Pinto County Republican Party Chair Barbara Upham noted that many people commented on Tuggle’s popularity in the May primary election, when she also drew more votes than other candidates.

“It’s unusual, but the tax person has always been a popular person and candidate. They’ve all been very likeable people,” she said, adding that this includes Tuggle’s predecessors Sandra Long, Max Wheeler and John Winters.

Following Tuggle in local voter support were: incumbent County Attorney Phil Garrett, with 7,845 votes, or just over 83 percent; new 29th District Judge Mike Moore, with 7,581 votes, or 80.4 percent; incumbent Sheriff Ira Mercer, with 7,528 votes, or 79.9 percent; and incumbent 29th District Attorney Michael Burns, with 7,407 votes, or 78.6 percent.

Incumbent District 60 State Rep. Jim Keffer, who was unchallenged, garnered 7,597 votes from Palo Pinto County citizens; meanwhile, State Sen. Craig Estes, who had a Libertarian challenger in Richard Wells Forsythe Jr., received 7,056 Palo Pinto County votes.

Presidential support

In the presidential election, 5,672 citizens, or just over 60 percent, selected straight-party voting. Of the local straight-ticket voters, nearly 79 percent (4,480 voters) went Republican, close to 20 percent (1,130) voted as Democrats, 0.86 percent (49) voted for the Libertarian Party and 0.23 (13 citizens) supported for the Green Party.

Based on the number of individuals voting for president and vice president, over 62 percent of Democrats voted straight party, whereas slightly more than 60 percent of Republicans voted straight party.

From Palo Pinto County voters, 70 didn’t cast a vote for president, and 147 voted for third-party choices. Libertarian presidential and vice presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Jim Gray received 106 local votes, Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala gained 27 county votes and 14 voters chose write-in candidates.

“There are more Green Party and Libertarians on the ballot,” Upham noted. “They both seem to come pretty far down the ballot.”

She said one year the Libertarian Party announced a local primary election and convention, all to be held at Woody’s Bar and Grill.

While Gov. Mitt Romney and Sen. Paul Ryan received 79 percent of the votes, numbers show that Republican support for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in Palo Pinto County wasn’t quite as high. With over 75 percent of the local votes and 56.6 percent among Texans, Cruz beat Democrat Paul Sadler to take outgoing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s seat.

1
Text Only
Top Stories
  • David May named Index general manager-editor

    David May, a veteran newspaper executive who served 10-½ years as editor of the Mineral Wells Index, has been appointed general manager and editor of the newspaper, effective immediately.

    April 18, 2014

  • Social media part of PD’s varied arsenal

    Criminals seem to like bragging online of their misdeeds.

    April 18, 2014

  • Martinez cross.JPG Safe, but not home yet

    "Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come... Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." – 1 Timothy 4:6 and 12.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • DSC_2415.jpg Baker 4B town hall meet set

    For those on the fence about the 4B election coming up on May 10, the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “townhall” meeting on April 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mineral Wells High School in the cafeteria.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • MISSION MW!

    Mineral Wells  — Henry Ford is quoted as saying that, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

    April 17, 2014

  • wheelchair1.jpg Gift of a chair improves a life

    On most days, Richard Calandini's dog Cricket likes to ride with him to get the mail from the mailbox.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • TxDOT addressing traffic at 1821/180 intersection

    Ever since Wal-Mart Supercenter came to town, things have never been the same.

    April 17, 2014

  • Jenny Phil and Babe.jpg Jr. History Club meets

    Junior History Club of Mineral Wells met at Holiday Hills Country Club for their monthly meeting.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Marshes.jpg Marshes onboard with Baker comeback

    Ever since the Baker Hotel's final closing, the center of “main and main,” has been rotting out.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • hazmat3.jpg Truck rollover dumps flammable liquids

    A tractor-trailer rollover on southbound U.S. Highway 281 sent the truck's driver to the hospital and resulted in a spill of more than 5,200 gallons of combustible petroleum distillates into a ditch.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
SmugMug


Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.