Though this will be the first entry published in the morning, it was the last one I wrote last night, and I’m super tired. So, I’m going to make this brief.
Democratic races of interest, with about 86% of precincts reporting
District Attorney: Kim Ogg with 51%, so no runoff needed.
Sheriff: Ed Gonzalez (43%) and Jerome Moore (30%) in the runoff.
Tax Assessor: Ann Harris Bennett (61%) gets another crack at it.
Judicial races: Some close, some blowouts, some runoffs. Jim Sharp will not be on the ballot, as Candance White won easily, while the one contested district court race that featured an incumbent will go to overtime. Elaine Palmer in the 215th will face JoAnn Storey, after drawing 43% of the vote to Storey’s 28%. Those who are still smarting from Palmer’s unlovely ouster of Steve Kirkland in 2012 will get their chance to exact revenge on May 24.
Turnout: For some reason, Dem results were reporting a lot more slowly than GOP results. As of midnight, nearly 150 precincts were still out. At that time, Dem turnout had topped 200,000, so the final number is likely to be in the 210,000 to 220,000 range. That’s well short of 2008, of course, but well ahead of projections, and nobody could call it lackluster or disappointing. As was the case in 2008, some 60% of the vote came on Election Day. I think the lesson to draw here is that when there is a real Presidential race, fewer people vote early than you’d normally expect.
Republican races of interest, with 92% of precincts reporting
Sheriff: Ron Hickman, with 72%.
Tax Assessor: Mike Sullivan, with 83%. Kudos for not being that stupid, y’all.
County Attorney: Jim Leitner, with 53%.
Strange (to me) result of the night: GOP Chair Paul Simpson was forced to a runoff, against someone named Rick Ramos. Both had about 39% of the vote. What’s up with that?
Turnout: With 67 precincts to go, just over 300,000 total votes. Interestingly, that was right on Stan Stanart’s initial, exuberant projection. He nailed the GOP side, he just woefully underestimated the Dems.
Bedtime for me. I’m sure there will be plenty more to say in the coming days. What are your reactions?