One Hunt County incumbent appeared to have retained her office in a landslide victory in Tuesday’s Republican Party primary.

County Treasurer Delores Shelton easily defeated challenger Delores Humphries, clearing the way for Shelton to be sworn-in next year.

But for incumbent Precinct 2 County Commissioner Ralph Green, the GOP primary was a nail-biter right to the finish.

And the top candidates in the race for Hunt County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3 are headed to a runoff election. Incumbent Jimmy Sumrow and challenger Aaron Williams had to wait until the very last vote was counted to find out who finished first and second.

Shelton won the nomination of the Hunt County Republican Party Tuesday, as she was seeking re-election to the county treasurer’s post. Shelton received 3,196 votes (72 percent) to Humphries’ 1,244 votes (28 percent).

As there were no Democratic Party candidates, and no independent or third party candidates have announced they are running in November, Shelton in essence won outright.

Things were not nearly so easy for Green, who faced challenger Jay Atkins for the GOP nomination.

Green received a 31-vote lead in the early ballots, although Atkins received 10 more votes than Green Tuesday. At one point, Green led by only two votes.

But at the end of the evening, Green had received 673 votes (50.7 percent) to Atkins’ 652 votes (49.2 percent). There was no word Tuesday as to whether Atkins would seek a recount.

Should the vote total hold, Green would face Jim Johnson of Quinlan, who was unopposed in seeking the Democratic Party nomination, in November.

Things were even more dramatic in the race for Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, which featured three candidates running in the Republican primary; Sumrow, Williams and Jim Johnson of Wolfe City.

Sumrow and Williams traded leads throughout the night. But the final leader was not determined until the final half-box of results were counted from the Aberfoyle precinct at a little after 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Once the votes came in, Sumrow had received 286 votes (47.5 percent), Williams had garnered 278 votes (46.1 percent) and Johnson had received 38 votes (6.3 percent).

As neither Sumrow nor Williams received 50 percent of the vote, they will meet in a Republican primary runoff election to see who will face Jason “Jake” Caldwell, who was unopposed in seeking the Democratic Party nomination, in November.

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