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Victoria voter turnout exceeds expectations

By Melissa Crowe
May 29, 2012 at 12:29 a.m.


Victoria County elections officials announced the final results for the Primary Election just before 10:30 p.m.

Out of the 13 races specific to Victoria County, the Democratic Party race for Precinct 1 Commissioner will enter a run-off election July 31.

The ballots featured several nonbinding propositions including gambling, health care, redistricting, school choice and university tuition, as well as races for congressional seats, state senate and representative, and county races for sheriff, commissioner, constable.

In complete but unofficial results, 10,543 Victoria voters, or 21 percent, cast their ballots in the Democratic and Republican primaries.

Elections Administrator George Matthews anticipated about 15 percent voter turnout.

He said he was "surprised" by the turnout.

Michael Cloud, Republican Party chairman, said the Constable Precinct 4 races, as well as District 24 Judge, were interesting.

He said it was good to see that, in spite of Memorial Day weekend and the redistricting confusion, that people still made a point to get out the vote.

The Republican Party primary saw 5,994 voters.

Democratic Party Chairwoman Kelli Gill said she, too, was surprised by the turnout.

The Democratic Party Primary had 4,549 voters, or 9 percent of the registered voters.

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