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Runoff results for Tarrant, Parker, Wise counties

Melody Wilkinson led Mike Hrabal by a scant 24 votes for the Republican nomination for the 17th Judicial District Tuesday night in the closest of four local runoff races, with four of 638 precincts uncounted as of press time.

The winner will face Democrat Randy Turner in November for the open seat. Wilkinson had 5,267 votes to Hrabal's 5,243 at 11:07 p.m., according to the Tarrant County Elections Office.

Republican Judge Louis Sturns handily beat prosecutor Lisa Callaghan to continue presiding over the 213th District Court, garnering 57 percent of the vote. No Democrat has filed for the seat.

Jerry Crowder held on to his position as Precinct 1 constable, defeating challenger Andy Bryant in the Republican primary with 52 percent of the vote. A Democrat has not filed to run for the seat this year.

In the single local Democratic runoff, Chester "Chet" Luckett retained his seat as Precinct 8 constable against challenger Michael Campbell. Luckett won 61 percent of the vote. No Republican filed to run for the seat this year.

About 10,700 Republicans and 4,000 Democrats voted in the runoff in Tarrant County, a stark drop from the more than 300,000 people who voted in the March 4 primary.

In Parker County, George Carnley won the Precinct 1 county commissioner's race against Richard Pettigrew with 56 percent of the vote, according to the Parker County Elections Office.

In Wise County, Danny White beat out incumbent Robert Rankin for the Republican nomination for county commissioner Precinct 1, nabbing 57 percent of the vote, according to the Wise County Elections Office. James Stainton bested Marilyn Belew for the Republican nomination for county attorney with 54 percent of the vote.

Runoffs around the state:

State Rep. Buddy West, R-Odessa, lost his bid for a ninth term to primary challenger Tryon Lewis, who won 76 percent of the voteMark Thompson defeated Dale Henry for the Democratic nomination for state railroad commissioner.

Angie Button defeated Randy Dunning in the GOP primary race for state House District 112 in Dallas County.

Former Irving Police Chief Lowell Cannaday became the GOP nominee for Dallas sheriff, defeating former Dallas County Sheriff Jim Bowles with 89 percent of the vote. Cannaday will face Sheriff Lupe Valdez, in November.

In the Houston suburbs, Pete Olson easily defeated former U.S. Rep. Shelley Sekula Gibbs to challenge U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, D-Stafford, in November.

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