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Tuesday's Run-Off Election Results: McEachern wins S.A. Commish race, Christian's bid short

In Tuesday’s Republican Party primary run-off voting in San Augustine County, David McEachern outpolled Steve Bryan, 145 to 143 to be declared the un-official winner of the party’s nominee for Pct. 4 commissioner. McEachern becomes the apparent candidate-elect for the position, since there’s no Democratic opponent in the November General Election. Bryan had led the four-candidate field after the March 4 election, but did not take a clear majority. The Pct. 4 commissioner’s position is being vacated by Rodney Ainsworth, who chose not to seek re-election. Election administrator Deborah Woods told me last night there’s one provisional ballot to be certified for the run-off race, and the early voting board will probably meet in the next couple of days to certify that ballot.


In the Nacogdoches County Commissioner, Pct. 4 Republican Party run-off, Incumbent Elton Milstead defeats Darren Cook, 509-444. Milstead has no Democratic opponent.


In the statewide races, Wayne Christian’s bid to become a member of the state railroad commission appears to be over, as Ryan Sitton was leading Christian with 58 percent of the votes with 98 percent of precincts reporting this morning. Sitton will now face Democrat Steve Brown in November.


Conservative Houston talk-radio host Dan Patrick has ousted incumbent David Dewhurst with 65 percent of the vote for lieutenant governor. Patrick will now face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the November general election. Democrat David Alameel cruised to an easy victory over his opponent, Kesha Rogers, in the runoff election for U.S. Senator. Alameel will face Republican John Cornyn, the incumbent, in November.


In the Republican Party run-off for attorney general, Ken Paxton defeats Dan Branch with 63 percent of the vote. The winner will meet Sam Houston; and for state agriculture commissioner, Sid Miller takes the Republican nomination with 53 percent over Longview’s Tommy Merritt. Miller will meet Democrat Jim Hogan in November. Hogan beat out Kinky Friedman in yesterday’s run-off with 53 percent of the vote.

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