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Hidalgo County sees low voter turnout in runoffs

Hidalgo-County-SealMore than 8,000 votes were cast in the Democratic Party primary runoff, compared with 47,000 ballots cast in the March primary with far fewer races to decide. There are more than 312,000 registered voters in Hidalgo County.

About 1,300 voters opted to go Republican, compared with 6,000 in March.

Incumbent Juan R. Partida, a Democrat, had a sizeable win over Fidencio Guerra Jr. in the race for 275th District Judge. Partida garnered 5,894, or 74 percent, of the votes to Guerra’s 2,112, or 26 percent. With no Republican opponent, he’ll keep his office in January.

Ric Godinez took the race for Democratic Party chairman with 4,169, or 53 percent, of the votes. His opponent, Juan Maldonado, received 3,766 votes.

There were no local Republican runoff races.

Statewide, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, took down incumbent David Dewhurst in the race for lieutenant governor. Patrick will face Democratic nominee State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, of San Antonio, in November.

“Let me tell you what we’re going to do starting this week, we’re going to go into Democrat strongholds. Some democrats have said they wanted me to be the nominee, well they’ve got me and I’m coming,” Patrick said after Tuesday’s win.

Meanwhile, Van de Putte teamed up with Wendy Davis, Democratic nominee for governor to host a pachanga in McAllen this month.

“While he's spent the last six months slinging mud in the Republican primary, I’ve been listening to voters all across this beautiful state. And you know what? I’m ready to take him on,” Van de Putte posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

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