Voters head to the polls Tuesday and will likely choose their next County Judge and County Treasurer and will also make their choices in several other races.

Local voters will also be choosing their party’s nominees for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Congress, Senate, State Senate and State House, with the final decisions due in November.

Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday. A list of polling locations and sample ballots for both primary elections are included in today’s editions of the Herald-Banner.

Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams has projected a 13 percent turnout for Tuesday’s primaries. In Hunt County, that would work out to about 6,300 ballots cast from the county’s 48,000 or so registered voters.

For the past three primaries, more people in Hunt County have voted Republican than Democrat, but never more so than in this year’s party elections.

Hunt County Elections Administrator Mina Cook said 1,585 voters cast early ballots in the Republican primary, while just 153 Democrats voted early.

The 1,738 votes cast early surpassed the previous record of 1,684 early votes cast set in 2000, and that was during a presidential election year.

One reason for the disparity has been the county’s trend toward the GOP in the past six years. Also, most of Tuesday’s contested races, especially on a county level, are on the Republican primary ballot, including the battle for County Judge between the incumbent, Joe Bobbitt and challenger John Horn.

As no Democrat, independent or third party candidate announced for the position, voters will likely be choosing their next county judge during the primary.

The same is true for the County Treasurer’s race between incumbent Delores Shelton and challenger Delores Humphries.

The race for State Senate District 2 features the incumbent, Sen. Bob Deuell of Greenville, against Rockwall City Councilman Tim McCallum in the Republican primary. There are no Democrat candidates, although the winner will face Libertarian Dennis Kaptain of Mesquite in November.

There is also a GOP primary fight for the office of State Representative District 2, between the incumbent, Dan Flynn of Van and Charles Stanley “Chuck” Tull of Edgewood.

Scott Cornuaud of Quinlan is unopposed in seeking the Democratic Party nomination.

Cornuaud and the winner of the Flynn-Tull contest will face Libertarian Dawn M. Childs of Wills Point in November.

There are two candidates seeking the Republican Party nomination for Precinct 2 County Commissioner; the incumbent, Ralph Green and Jay Atkins.

Jim Johnson is unopposed in the Democratic Party primary for the same seat.

There is a three-way contest for the Republican nomination for the office of Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, between the incumbent Jimmy Sumrow, Aaron Williams and Jim Johnson.

The winner will face Jason “Jake” Caldwell, who is unopposed in the Democratic Party primary, in November.

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