Johnson wins county sheriff's race
The Hutchinson County voters have spoken.Don Johnson has been voted the new sheriff of the county. According to vote totals posted by myhighplains.com, Johnson won with 1,720 votes (62 percent of the vote) compared to Mickey Blackmon’s 1,061 votes for a total of 38 percent of the vote.Vote totals from the Hutchinson County Clerk’s office were not available as of press time today.In other national and statewide races, there were some interesting results. In results that surprised many across Texas, lawyer Ted Cruz won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination over longtime Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. Statewide, Cruz received 628,336 votes for 56.80 percent of the vote compared to 477,888 votes for Dewhurst, who received 43.19 percent.According to totals posted on the Texas Secretary of State’s web site, the majority of Hutchinson County voters threw their support behind Dewhurst, who received a total of 1,600 votes for a total of 58.73 percent of the vote, compared to Cruz, who received 1,124 votes for 41.26 percent of the vote.Cruz will be running against Paul Sadler in the U.S. Senator’s race this November. In the runoff against Grady Yarbrough, Sadler received the Democratic nomination with 148,712 votes statewide, equating to 63.09 percent of the vote, compared to Yarbrough, who received 86,996 votes, equating to 36.90 percent of the vote.In Hutchinson County, Democratic voters also threw their support behind Sadler. He received 30 votes for 62.50 percent of the vote, compared to Yarbrough, who received 18 votes for 37.50 percent of the vote.In the runoff election for Railroad Commissioner, Christi Craddick was the winner of the nomination over Warren Chisum. Statewide, Craddick received 589,211 votes for 59.75 percent of the vote, compared to Chisum, who received 396,858 votes for 40.24 percent of the vote.In Hutchinson County, voters overwhelmingly cast their ballots for Chisum over Craddick. Chisum received 1,912 votes for 71.05 percent of the vote, compared to Craddick, who received 779 votes for 28.94 percent of the vote.In the runoff race for Railroad Commissioner (Unexpired Term), incumbent Barry Smitherman was the clear winner of the nomination, receiving 580,990 votes statewide for 62.19 percent of the vote. Challenger Greg Parker received 353,166 votes statewide for 37.80 percent of the vote.In Hutchinson County, the majority of voters backed Smitherman over Parker, although the margin was a little slimmer. Smitherman received 1,251 votes for 52.38 percent of the vote, compared to Parker, who received 1,137 votes for 47.61 percent of the vote.In the runoff for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4, Republican voters statewide voted to give the nomination to John Devine over David Medina. Devine received 496,980 votes statewide for 53.30 percent of the vote, compared to Medina, who received 435,415 votes statewide for 46.69 percent of the vote.In Hutchinson County, the majority of voters backed Devine, who received 1,270 votes for 53.40 percent of the vote, compared to Medina, who received 1,108 votes for 46.59 percent of the vote.