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March 6, 2014

Primaries decide some races, set stage for others


Republican incumbent Jeff Fryer will face off against Democrat challenger Raymond Procter. Both candidates ran uncontested in their respective primaries.

At the state level, about two-thirds of GOP voters in Palo Pinto County came out in support of incumbent State Representative for District 60, Jim Keffer (R-Eastland), helping him to a victory over his competitor, Cullen Crisp. Keffer earned 63.32 percent of the Palo Pinto County vote – 1,872-1,084 – contributing to an overall victory with 56.29 percent, 14,160-10,992.

As expected, the primaries set the stage for a governor's race between Attorney General Greg Abbot for the Republicans and State Senator Wendy Davis for the Democrats. Davis won comfortably in her primary over Reynaldo Madrigal, gaining 79.05 percent of the vote, 432,065-114,458. Among Palo Pinto County Democrats, Davis took a whopping 87 percent of the vote, 308-46.

Against his three primary opponents, Abbot won comfortably, commanding 91.5 percent of votes for a total of 1,219,831 out of 1,333,010. In Palo Pinto County, Abbot was equally successful, wooing 91.27 percent of local Republican voters for 2,721 votes out of 2,981.

One of the most intriguing state races was that of Lieutenant Governor. Palo Pinto County Republicans echoed the rest of Texas, giving challenger Dan Patrick a slim advantage over incumbent David Dewhurst. Locally Patrick received 32.45 percent of the vote compared to Dewhurst's 30.7 percent. This contributed to a statewide advantage for Patrick with 41.45 percent of the vote.

The results set the stage for a runoff between the two candidates, which will occur in an election on May 27. The winner will face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the general election.

In national races, incumbents also took the cake with the help of Palo Pinto County voters. Against a bevy of opponents, Republican John Cornyn won his primary with 59.44 percent of the Texas vote. Locally, Cornyn received an even greater percentage, earning 64.59 percent and 1,903 of the 2,946 votes cast.

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