By COLE AVERY
Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS
Although too close to call, the field of 11 candidates for the new U.S. Congressional District 34 seat may dwindle to four following Tuesday’s primary election.
According to unofficial results, and as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Filemon Vela clinched a spot on what’s sure to be a runoff after garnering 17,799 votes in Tuesday’s primary. What was uncertain as of presstime was who his opponent will be. With 235 of 244 precincts reporting, Vela is set to face either Denise Saenz Blanchard, who took 5,498 votes, or Ramiro Garza, who accounted for 5,361.
On the Republican side, Adela Garza will most likely square off against Jessica Bradshaw in the Republican runoff, according to the 83.33 percent of precincts reporting by the Office of the Secretary of State.
In still another hotly contested election, Democrats Carlos Masso and Luis Saenz will face each other in the Democratic runoff for Cameron County District Attorney. Masso earned 35.86 percent of the vote compared to Saenz with 34.5 percent.
The winner will meet Republican Chuck Mattingly in November after he handily won the primary with 62 percent of the vote.
For Cameron County Sheriff, incumbent Omar Lucio defeated two challengers in the Democratic primary, earning more than 60 percent of the vote. He is set to meet Republican Jimmy Manrrique, who ran unopposed, in the November general election.
In the race for District Judge for the 138th judicial district, Democrat Arturo Cisneros Nelson defeated lone challenger Veronica Farias.
For judge in the 404th judicial district, Democrat Elia Cornejo Lopez bested lone challenger Rebecca RuBane.
In the race for a spot on the state board of education, Democrats Celeste Z. Sanchez and Ruben Cortez, Jr., will meet in a Democratic runoff. Ruben Cortez Jr. accounted for 35.21 percent of the vote while San Benito’s own Celeste Sanchez took 44.55 percent. The winner of the Democratic primary will most likely meet Laurie Turner in the November general election. Turner was ahead as of press time with 94.21 percent of precincts reporting in the Republican primary with 75.46 percent of the vote.
Democrat David Garza easily won the primary for Precinct 3 Cameron County Commissioner. He faces Republican Manuel Abrego, who had no challengers, in November.
In the race for Democratic county chair, Sylvia Garza-Perez won with 53 percent of the vote. Republican Frank Morris ran unopposed for Republican chair.
In the election, only 17 percent of registered voters showed up to the polls. Republicans constituted only three percent of the voter turnout while Democrats had a 14 percent voter turnout during the primary elections.
Cameron County Election Administrator Roger Ortiz announced unofficial results for Cameron County Tuesday night.
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