Wise Republicans turn out in force; More than half of ballots are straight party

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, November 10, 2018

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Led by a heavy straight-party turnout, Wise County turned out in force for Republican candidates all the way down the ballot.

Republicans polled at more than 80 percent in all state and national races in Wise County.

There were no local contested races on the midterm ballot.

Republican candidates – 271st District Judge Brock Smith, County Judge J.D. Clark, County Court at Law 1 Judge Melton Cude, District Clerk Brenda Rowe, County Clerk Sherry Lemon, County Treasurer Katherine Hudson, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Kevin Burns, Precinct 4 County Commissioner Gaylord Kennedy, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow, Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Kim Redman, Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Willie Garrett – were elected to their posts.

Charles Applewhite was also elected without opposition to fill the unexpired term of the Precinct 3 Constable.

The midterm election drew a huge turnout with 23,297 of the 41,749 registered voters (55.8 percent) in Wise County casting ballots.

More than half of the voters took advantage of the last opportunity to cast a straight-party ballot. A total of 12,829 straight-party Republican ballots, 1,850 Democratic and 76 Libertarian.

Wise County voters heavily supported current Republican incumbents. In the U.S. Senate race, 19,010 people (82.29 percent) voted for Ted Cruz.

District 12 U.S. Representative Kay Granger received 81.9 percent and District 13 U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry 85 percent.

Eighty-four percent of voters supported Greg Abbott for governor and 81.1 percent Dan Patrick for lieutenant governor.

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