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March 2nd, 2010
Rose, Barton, Jones take huge leads in early voting

030210courthouseThe Hays County Courthouse.


The early vote in key Hays County elections turned up few close races when those totals were posted shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The early vote revealed huge leads for State Representative Patrick Rose, Hays County judge candidates Jeff Barton and Bert Cobb, Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner candidate Mark Jones, Hays County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Anna Martinez Boling and Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff.

Of those leaders, Ratliff held the smallest advantage, but he still took a comfortable 55.75 percent of the early vote against Democratic primary challenger Bill Huddleston.

Barton held 53.26 percent of the vote for the Hays County judge Democratic nomination against incumbent Liz Sumter.

For the Republican nomination for Hays County judge, former Central Texas Medical Center Chief of Surgery Bert Cobb held 60.12 percent of the vote against Kyle business owner Peggy Jones.

Also on the Republican side, Hays CISD Trustee Mark Jones held 78.77 percent of the early vote against former Kyle Mayor Mike Gonzalez for the nomination to be county commissioner from the Buda and Kyle areas.

Rose held 78.31 percent of the Hays County early vote and 79.09 percent of the early vote across the district against Democratic primary challenger Andrew Backus.

Boling held 64.54 percent of the early vote for court at law judge against Hays County Assistant District Attorney David Mendoza.

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7 thoughts on “Rose, Barton, Jones take huge leads in early voting

  1. It will be interesting to see if Barton wins, or if anti-incumbent sentiment runs him out of there with her. Cobb got substantially more votes than Barton.

  2. Who cares as long as “Liz” is gone!!! Seriously, it should be interesting. I am pulling for Cobb.

  3. Congrats to Sheriff Tommy Ratliff, guess he called done the thunder about the Jail but the people know he is a straight shooter. We need more like him. Congrats again.

  4. Congrats to Mark Jones, it just goes to show that if you force people into VOLUNTARY annexation it just might come back and haunt you. Why would anyone vote for someone who put a city in debt and then bail and run for a County Office. Thanks Mark, and Congrats again.

  5. And while most of the community was wrapped up with primary election results, there was some very interesting dialog taking place at certain points of the San Marcos City Council meeting. Looking forward to seeing press coverage of this meeting, indeed.

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