The vote totals weren't overwhelming, but they were better than expected.
More than 1,100 Howard County voters went to the polls during Tuesday's state primary runoff election that resulted in Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz wresting the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate away from the presumptive favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
Although Howard County's vote total of 1,169 represented only 7 percent of the number of registered voters, it still came as a surprise to Election Administrator Saundra Bloom.
“We had more than we expected, actually,” Bloom said. “I really didn't expect more than 500 voters. This was a pretty big runoff by past Howard County standards.”
Tuesday's ballot included five state-wide runoffs — four Republican and one Democratic.
In the GOP runoff, almost 55 percent of county voters chose Cruz over Dewhurst, a total that closely reflected state-wide totals which saw the former Texas Solicitor General trounce Dewhurst by 13 percentage points.
County results in other Republican runoffs were:
• Railroad Commission — Christi Craddick received 661 votes, compared to 383 for Warren Chisum.
• Railroad Commission unexpired term — Barry Smitherman received 535 votes, while Greg Parker received 453.
• Texas Supreme Court, Place 4 — County voters selected John Devine over David Medina by a 546-439 margin.
There was only one Democratic race on the Howard County ballot, and again, area voters reflected statewide results as Paul Sadler easily defeated Grady Yarbrough for U.S. Senate nomination. Sadler received 35 votes locally, compared to 24 for Yarbrough.