With a huge turnout in early voting it should come as no surprise that numbers were going to be big at the end of election day in Parker County. More than 11,000 decided to avoid the lines and cast their ballots early.
In the most high profile races, Judge - County Court of Law #2, incumbent Curtis Jenkins finished ahead of challenger Lynn Marie Johnson with 7,683 votes, or at 36 percent. Johnson came in with 7,480 votes - 35.5 percent. Deborah Kernan rounded out the three claiming 5,926 votes or 28 percent. (Runoff May 24)
In the race for County Tax Assessor-Collector Jennifer “Jenny” Gentry finished on top with 8,639 ballots cast, or at 43 percent. Susan Scott came in second finishing with 6,866 votes or 34 percent; while Susan Hinsley came in third with 4,714 votes or at 23 percent. (Runoff May 24)
For Constable, Precinct 1 Charlie Hunt took the most votes in the five man race with 1,635 votes or 38 percent of the ballots cast. His nearest challenger, Joe Slinkard, came in with 942 votes or at 22 percent.
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In the two big national races Ted Cruz took the most votes in the Republican race for president with 12,883 ballots cast, compared to his rival Donald Trump, with 7,944 votes. Marco Rubio finished a distant third with 3,495 votes.
On the Democrat side Hillary Clinton finished ahead of Bernie Sanders with 1,800 votes cast to Sanders 1,474.
How Parker County voted in other contested races...
Gary Gates - 5,044
Wayne Christian - 4592
Ron Hale - 2,848
Doug Jeffrey - 1,922
John Greytok - 1,857
Lance N. Christian - 1,653
Weston Martinez - 1,492
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3
Michael Massengale - 11,328
Debra Lehrmann - 9,848
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5
Rick Green - 12,937
Paul Green - 7,112
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9
Joe Pool - 11,456
Eva Guzman - 9,101
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2
Mary Lou Keel - 7,239
Chris Oldner - 6,401
Ray Wheless - 5,031
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5
Scott Walker - 8,951
Steve Smith - 4,083
Brent Webster - 3,211
Sid Harle - 2,513
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6
Richard Davis - 9,807
Michael Keasler - 8,462
Justice, 2nd Court of Appeals District, Place 3
Elizabeth Kerr - 6,851
Bill Ray - 4,070
William Anthony “Andy” Porter - 3,116
Dabney Bassel - 3,008
Mary Colchin Johndroe - 1,412
Lon Burnam - 981
Cody Garrett - 976
Grady Yarbrough - 681