Howard County primary ballots more than 85 percent Republican

HERALD photo/Roger Cline Local residents exit the polling place at Spring Creek Fellowship Tuesday morning. Tuesday was the Texas Primary election in which the Democratic and Republican parties elected their candidates for the November general election. In Howard County, 2,156 people cast Republican ballots, while 373 people cast Democratic ballots in the election.
Roger Cline
Staff Writer

Lloyd Duck is Howard County’s new Republican Party chairman.
The race in Tuesday’s Republican Primary was the only contested local contest on either side of the aisle.
“Thank you very much,” Duck said. “I appreciate everybody voting for me. I can’t wait to get to work promoting the Republican Party.
On a Primary Election Day during which more than 85 percent of the ballots cast countywide were for Republicans, Duck received 1,059 votes in total in the race, or 59.19 percent; while rival Kimberly York received 742 votes, or 40.81 percent.
“It was kind of close on the early voting turnouts, but with the election day turnouts, it was a good win for me,” said Duck.
York congratulated her opponent at the Howard County Courthouse after the results were announced around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Altogether, 2,529 ballots were cast in both primaries in the county; 2,156 Republican ballots (85.25 percent) and 373 Democratic ballots (14.75 percent).

For the full story, please see Wednesday's paper.