Texas... Ron Paul Wins Congressional Primary in an 80.76% Landslide!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 03/04/2010 - 3:21am.

The November challenger to longtime Congressman Ron Paul for the U.S. District 14 seat will have to wait for a runoff next month that likely will include the Galena Park police chief who lives in Brazoria.

The winner of the April 13 runoff will face Republican incumbent Paul, of Lake Jackson.

U. S. Representative District 14
John Gay 3,003 5.27%  
Tim Graney 5,536 9.73%  
Ron Paul - Incumbent 45,947 80.76%  
Gerald D. Wall 2,402 4.22%  
Race Total 56,888
Precincts Reported 271 Precincts  100.00%

Paul had a commanding lead in the race for the Republican nomination late Tuesday with 37,741 votes, or 80.6 percent. Brazoria petrochemical worker Gerald Wall had 1,969 votes, or 4.2 percent; Katy business owner Tim Graney had 4,743 votes, or 10.1 percent; and Galveston County school district administrator John Gay had 2,362 votes, or 5 percent.

The votes are based on 223 voting precincts reporting among 271 district wide, according to the Texas Secretary of State's Office.

In the Democratic primary, Galena Park Police Chief Robert Pruett led the two other candidates with 6,394 votes, or 41.8 percent. League City attorney Winston Cochran had 4,725 votes, or 30.1 percent. Clear Creek teacher Jeff Cherry won 4,149 votes, or 27.1 percent.

The Democrat results are with 256 precincts reporting among 271 districtwide, according to the Texas Secretary of State's Office. The two with the highest vote totals will be in an April 13 runoff.

Runoffs are required when the winning candidate fails to attract 50 percent plus one vote of all those cast.

The Democrat executive committee is set to certify its vote totals March 10, and the Republicans will certify their vote totals March 11.

The winner in the November election will serve a two-year term and be paid $174,000 per year.

Paul campaigned for his nomination touting his long-held limited government, and he vowed to fight bills in Congress that would increase spending.

Paul was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night and was not available for comment.

"He's honored to receive this kind of support," Jesse Benton, a spokesman for Paul, said.

Paul served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976-84, then returned from 1996 to the present. If he wins in November, it will be his eighth term since 1996.

He ran unsuccessfully for president as the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988, and in 2008 unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president.

Paul received a lot of attention during the most recent campaign because of his fundraising prowess fueled mostly by individual donors on the Internet.

Gay campaigned for the nomination and said many of the voters he talked to in the district said they are not well represented by Paul.

Graney said during his campaign the government should be enacting policies and reducing some regulations to encourage job growth.

Wall said his campaign was about restoring a foundational integrity in government that would regain constituents' trust.

District 14 constituents are not being represented as well as they should be, Pruett said during his campaign. Pruett said he'd be thrilled to be in a runoff, and it means he'll have to return to the campaign trail.

"In a runoff, the most important thing is to get your supporters back out," he said. "I'll have to get back out there to get my message out."

Cochran said he felt the area needs more public works projects, including one to install a levee around Galveston, which would create more jobs.

Cherry said he wanted to regain economic stability by increasing and controlling the energy sector in District 14.

The (Brazosport) Facts is a sister newspaper to The Daily News.

John Tompkins - March 3, 2010 - source GalvNews

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 03/04/2010 - 3:21am.