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Obama reelected

November 7, 2012

The current President of the United States will remain in office for a second term.
President Barack Obama defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney in what many projected to be neck-and-neck race. He received 303 electoral votes in the final tally to Romney's 206.
However, it appears that the popular vote is still too close to call, as Florida has not declared a winner as of press time today. Presently, totals show that President Obama received 58,961,679 votes across the country and Romney received 56,601,653 votes.
In the State of Texas, Romney was the clear winner, receiving 4,542,012 votes for 57.19 percent of the vote. Obama received 3,285,200 votes for 41.36 percent of the vote. Romney was also the clear pick of voters in Hutchinson County, having received 6,797 votes for 85.84 percent of the vote, compared to 1,042 for President Obama for a total of 13.15 percent of the vote.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 29 votes in Hutchinson County and Green candidate Jill Stein received five.
Even though the United States Senate will remain in Democratic hands, Texas will be sending a new Republican senator to Washington, D.C., next year. With close to 100 percent of precincts reporting, Ted Cruz received 4,443,133 votes statewide for 56.62 percent of the vote. Democratic challenger Paul Sadler received 3,174,617 votes for 40.45 percent of the vote.
In Hutchinson County, Cruz received 6,576 votes for 77.07 percent of the vote, compared to 1,754 votes for Sadler, who received 20.55 percent of the vote. Libertarian candidate John Jay Myers received 157 votes and Green candidate David B. Collins received 45 votes.
Mac Thornberry will return to Washington, D.C., for another term as the U.S. Representative from District 13. He received 187,385 votes statewide for 90.98 percent of the vote. Libertarian challenger John Robert Deek received 12,671 votes statewide and Green challenger Keith F. Houston received 5,895 votes.
In Hutchinson County, Thornberry received 6,882 votes for 93.54 percent of the vote. Deek received 360 votes and Houston received 115 votes.
The State of Texas will have a new railroad commissioner. Republican Christi Craddick received 4,311,600 votes statewide for a total of 56.17 percent of the vote. Democratic challenger Dale Henry received 3,039,204 votes for 39.59 percent of the vote. Libertarian challenger Vik Wall received 171,758 votes and Green challenger Chris Kennedy received 152,654 votes.
In Hutchinson County, Craddick received 6,403 votes for 82.69 percent of the vote. Henry received 1,087 votes for 14.03 percent of the vote. Wall received 145 votes and Kennedy received 108 votes.
Incumbent Barry Smitherman was elected to another term as Railroad Commissioner (Unexpired Term). He received 4,511,403 votes statewide for 73.77 percent of the vote. Libertarian challenger Jaime O. Perez received 1,120,289 votes and Green challenger Josh Wendel received 483,750 votes.
In Hutchinson County, Smitherman received 6,483 votes for 90.30 percent of the vote. Perez received 509 votes and Wendel received 187.
Don Willett will serve another term as Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2. He received 4,744,785 votes statewide for 78.78 percent of the vote. Libertarian candidate RS Roberto Koelsch received 1,277,996 votes.
In Hutchinson County, Willett received 6,653 votes for 92.75 percent of the vote. Koelsch received 520 votes.
Winning the race for Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 was Republican John Devine, who received 4,573,127 votes statewide for 75.06 percent of the vote. Libertarian challenger Tom Oxford received 1,028,393 votes and Green challenger Charles E. Waterbury received 490,517 votes.
In Hutchinson County, Devine received 6,467 votes for 90.17 percent of the vote. Oxford received 496 votes and Waterbury received 209 votes.
Republican incumbent Nathan Hecht will serve another term as Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6. He received 53.72 votes statewide for 53.72 percent of the vote. Democratic challenger Michele Petty received 3,200,198 votes for 41.89 percent of the vote. Libertarian challenger Mark Ash received 232,514 votes and Green challenger Jim Chisholm received 101,749 votes.
In Hutchinson County, Hecht received 6,044 votes for 78.75 percent of the vote. Petty received 1,196 votes for 15.60 percent of the vote. Ash received 219 votes and Chisholm received 206 votes.
In the race for Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, incumbent Sharon Keller was victorious once again, receiving 4,232,492 votes for 55.50 percent of the vote statewide. Democratic challenger Keith Hampton received 3,144,498 votes statewide for 41.23 percent of the vote. Libertarian challenger Lance Stott received 248,271 votes.
In Hutchinson County, Keller received 6,281 votes for 81.91 percent of the vote. Hampton received 1,141 votes for 14.88 percent of the vote. Stott received 246 votes.
Republican Barbara Parker Hervey was reelected to another term as Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7. She received 4,661,774 votes statewide for 77.88 percent of the vote. Libertarian challenger Mark W. Bennett received 1,323,485 votes.
In Hutchinson County, Hervey received 6,510 votes for 90.92 percent of the vote. Bennett received 650 votes.
Republican Elsa Alcala was also reelected to another term as Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8. She received 4,665,698 votes statewide for 78.06 percent of the vote. Libertarian challenger William Bryan Strange, III received 1,310,699 votes statewide.
In Hutchinson County, Alcala received 6,374 votes for 89.24 percent of the vote and Strange received 768 votes.
In the race for Member, State Board of Education, District 15, Republican Marty Rowley was named the winner with 386,727 votes for 76.43 percent of the vote. Democrat Steven D. Schafersman received 119,247 votes for 23.56 percent of the vote.
In Hutchinson County, Rowley received 6,441 votes for 84.35 percent of the vote. Schafersman received 1,194 votes for 15.64 percent of the vote.
Four Price will serve another term as the State Representative from the 87th District. The Republican received 32,549 votes statewide for 77.29 percent of the vote to Democratic challenger Abel Bosquez, who received 9,559 votes for 22.70 percent of the vote.
In Hutchinson County, Price received 6,655 votes for 85.80 percent of the vote. Bosquez received 1,101 votes for 14.19 percent of the vote.
No local races in Hutchinson County were contested. Winning their respective races were as follows:
•Sheriff – Don Johnson
•County Commissioner, Precinct 3 – S.T. “Red” Isbell
•County Commissioner, Precinct 1 – Larry Coffman
•Tax Assessor-Collector – Carrie Kimmell
•County Attorney – Michael D. Milner
•District Attorney, 84th Judicial District – Mark W. Snider
•District Judge, 84th Judicial District – William D. “Bill” Smith
•Constable, Precinct 1 – Kendell McWilliams
•Constable, Precinct 2 – Ron Cromer
•Republican County Chairman – Mary Kay Phelan
•Democratic County Chairman – John Curnutt
Kel Seliger will also serve another term as the State Senator from District 31. He did not have a challenger in this year's race.
No vote totals for these races were available at press time.

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