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Primary election blog: No majority yet for Hegar

March 4, 2014 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.

Ben Zeller leans against his truck as he waves to passing motorists outside of Holy Family Catholic Church, the precinct 33 polling location. Zeller, a Republican candidate for county judge, said he arrived at the location a little before 7 a.m. Tuesday and spent all day waving at cars.

Ben Zeller leans against his truck as he waves to passing motorists outside of Holy Family Catholic Church, the precinct 33 polling location. Zeller, a Republican candidate for county judge, said he arrived at the location a little before 7 a.m. Tuesday and spent all day waving at cars.   Angeli Wright for The Victoria Advocate

Come November, Victoria County will have a new county judge. Ben Zeller upset longtime county judge Donald Pozzi Tuesday night in the Republican primary.

"Grateful is the best way to describe it - grateful and humbled by the many friends and family members, prayers, encouragement and support from folks I've gotten along the way," Zeller, a 29-year-old loan supervisor, said.

He will represent the party in the Nov. 4 General Election against Democratic Party candidate Ron Reyna.

Tuesday might be remembered as interesting primary election, to wit:

• A county judge race in Goliad ended in a tie.

• A new Bush entered the political spectrum in a convincing way.

• And as expected, Democrat Wendy Davis has become the first female gubernatorial nominee in Texas since former Gov. Ann Richards.

Here are your key election stories:

Crossroads:

Victoria County:A look at the final unofficial results.

Victoria County:Newcomer Ben Zeller upsets 3-term incumbent Victoria County judge

Victoria County:Incumbent Kennedy wins GOP primary for Victoria County treasurer

DeWitt County:Longtime JP wins GOP nomination

Jackson County:Karl wins primary

Goliad County:GOP Goliad County judge race ends in tie

Calhoun County:Incumbent beats 2 opponents in commissioner race

Lavaca County:Incumbent gets GOP nod for Lavaca County commissioner

State:

Texas GOP comptroller race too close to call

Texas election analysis: Incumbents and conservatives win in Texas primary

Runoffs will decide several top statewide races

Davis, Abbott set to face off for Texas governor

5 things to know about the Texas primary elections

Bush wins Texas GOP land commissioner nomination

Incumbent Cornyn crushes tea party-backed Stockman, wins Texas GOP nomination for US Senate


Tuesday night action:

10:50 p.m.: Goliad County: All results are in and Republican nominee for Goliad County judge is still undecided. It's a tie!


10:20 p.m.: Victoria County: In complete but unofficial results, zeller is advancing to November, as is Ernst and Kennedy. Zeller 3,686, Pozzi 2,802. Werner 1,092, Ernst 5,084. Kennedy 3,800, Hernandez 2,427


10 p.m. update: Calhoun County: Calhoun County final votes in: Hartgrove won district clerk race with 1,044 votes. Munoz received 945 votes. Runoff in the Calhoun County Clerk's race. Sebastian, 763, 37.73%; Gonzalez, 629, 31.11%; Riley, 630, 31.16%. Lyssy wins Calhoun County Commissioner , Pct. 2 with 592 votes, 55.90%; Balajka, 401 votes, 37.87%; Swope, 66 votes; 6.23%. Anderle wins JP, Pct. 2 race in Calhoun County with 537 votes, 52.75%; Wenske, 481 votes, 47.25%. Rep. JP, Pct. 4 win belongs to Hunt with 243 votes, 74.09%; McGill, 85 votes, 25.91%

Victoria County: 20 of 27 pcts #VTXelections. County Judge: Zeller 2844, Pozzi 2299. CCL Werner 829, Ernst 4064. Treasurer Kennedy 3068, Hernandez 1881


9:32 p.m.: Refugio County: Republican Bill Robinson still holds his seat as DeWitt County JP, Pct. 2 with 552 votes to Brian Carson's 371 votes.


9:25 p.m.: More state news: Texas election analysis: Incumbents and conservatives win in Texas primary


9:15 p.m.: Victoria County: 10 of 37 pcts. County Judge: Zeller 2433, Pozzi 2051. CCL Werner 718, Ernst 3559. Treasurer Kennedy 2669, Hernandez 1664


9 p.m.: Calhoun County: Second update for Calhoun County: Munoz leads the district clerk race with 823 votes. Hartgrove has 773. 16 boxes left. Sebastian leads county clerk race in Calhoun County with 613 votes. Gonzalez has 539; Riley has 462. Lyssy leads Calhoun County Commissioner, Pct. 2 race with 461 votes. Balajka has 291; Swope has 53

Victoria County: 7 of 37 pcts reporting in Victoria County. County Judge: Zeller 2189, Pozzi 1912. Treasurer: Kennedy 2451, Hernandez 1507.

Goliad County: Rep County Comm Pct 4 Bruns 139, Schulze 99, Wimberly 41. All pcts are in. Looks like a runoff


8:45 p.m.: Victoria County: With Early Votes: County Judge - Zeller 1740, Pozzi 1547; Kennedy: 2034, Hernandez 1146. Still a lot of ballots to count.


8:30 p.m.: Victoria County: With three precincts reporting, County Judge is at Zeller4 48, Pozzi 27, Treasurer Kennedy 47 and Hernandez 25.


8:20 p.m.: Victoria County: First totals coming in for Precinct 30: County Judge race is Zeller 40 and Pozzi 21. In Pct 30: Treasurer is Kennedy 40 to Hernandez 18. Still a lot of precincts left to tally.


8:15 p.m.: Goliad County: 4/9 pcts are in. Pat Calhoun is leading 51.1% to 48.9% for county judge (rep)

Lavaca County: Both races are contested in the Republican Party. For commissioner, incumbent Dennis Kocian faces Mark Wick. Just posted the early voting results. Wick has 45 votes, Kocian has 132.


8:10 p.m.: Here are some state headlines (which will be updated):

Wendy Davis wins Democratic primary for Texas governor; 1st female nominee since Richards

Bush wins Texas GOP land commissioner nomination

Incumbent Cornyn crushes tea party-backed Stockman, wins Texas GOP nomination for US Senate


7:55 p.m. update: Victoria County: 50,600 registered voters and 37 precincts in Victoria County. Waiting for the early vote totals to be announced.


7:45 p.m.: Calhoun: Hunt leads only contested Republican primary race in Calhoun County with 70 votes. McGill has 19 votes for JP, Pct. 4

Jackson County: Early voting numbers: 4 GOP Jackson Co. Commissioner P4: Dennis Karl leading with 68 %, David Frankson 21.7 %, Ray Brundrett 9.43 %

DeWitt County: Nearly 20-year JP, Pct. 2 incumbent Bill Robinson ahead 16 votes in early voting against Brian Carson.


7:30 p.m.: Calhoun County: Vern Lyssy leads in County Commissioner, Pct. 2 race in Calhoun County with 417 votes. Balajka has 248; Swope has 44; Calhoun County, JP Pct. 2 race is close: Anderle has 359 votes; Wenske has 325

Refugio County: Rep. candidate Bobby Blaschke leading in early voting - 197 to Sylvia Barrera-Wiginton's 40 in Refugio's county judge race.


7:20 p.m.: Calhoun: County clerk race in Calhoun County also close in early returns: 503 for Sebastian; 432 for Gonzalez; 387 for Riley.


7:15 p.m.: Calhoun County: Calhoun County district clerk race is close in early returns! 678 votes for Munoz; 633 votes for Hartgrove; Early vote in Calhoun County is in: 1,779 total. 1,377 votes in the Democratic Party and 402in the Republican Party


6:35 p.m.: Live updates will begin right after 7 p.m., when polls close.



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