County holds primaries
Saturday, 09 June 2012 by Matthew Girard
Although most of the General Election Primaries went as expected, there were some surprises as voters cast their ballots Tuesday night across Bell County.
In the Republican Primary for Bell County Sheriff, Eddy Lange received 42 percent (6,792) of the vote, while Bob Patterson received 39 percent (6,328). Luis R. Cortez received 14 percent (2,360) of the vote and Keith Lee received 4 percent (664).
Frank Hernandez Sr., who ran unopposed as a Democrat, received 1,966 votes.
In the Republican Primary for District Judge 27th Judicial District, John Gauntt received 53 percent (7,959) of the vote while Paul LePak received 46 percent (6,868). In the race for District Judge 146th Judicial District, Jack Jones received 37 percent (5,885) of the vote, Mary Black Pearson received 33 percent (5,195) and Brett Prittchard received 29 percent (4,659).
In the race for Bell County Attorney, Jim Nichols ran away with the primary with 68 percent (10,236), while Bob Barina received 31 percent (4,732).
Because no parties received at least 50 percent of the vote in the race for Sheriff and District Judge 146th Judicial District, Lange and Patterson will have a run-off election, while Jones and Pearson will also have a run-off election.
In the Texas Primary for the office of President of the United States, Mitt Romney won the Republican nomination with 70 percent (11,927) of the vote and President Barack Obama easily earned the Democratic nomination with 92 percent.
For more election results, visit www.bellcountytx.com.