CHEROKEE COUNTY — Early voting totals for contested primaries in Cherokee County were released just after 7 p.m. Tuesday by the Cherokee County Clerk's office.
In a highly contested three-way race for the County Court-at-Law seat among Republican candidates, interim Judge Kelley Peacock and opponent Janice Crosby Stone were close favorites among voters, while Daniel Boone Childs came in third.
With 3,023 votes cast during the early voting period, Peacock received 1,181, or 39.07 percent, to Stone's 1,151, or 38.07 percent; Childs received 22.86 percent, or 691 votes.
Incumbent County Judge Chris Davis, a Republican, received 74.91 percent – or 2,191 – of the 2,925 ballots cast during early voting; opponent Tammy Blair received 25.09 percent, or 734 votes.
Other contested races included those for:
• State Representative, Dist. 11 – Of the 2,918 ballots cast, Republican incumbent Travis Clardy received 2,431 or 83.31 percent, to challenger Tony Sevilla’s 487, or 16.69 percent.
• County Treasurer – Republican incumbent Patsy J. Lassiter received 2,058 (74.86 percent) of the 2,749 votes cast; opponent Murray Smith garnered 691, or 25.14 percent.
• County Surveyor – Of the 2,618 ballots cast, Republican incumbent Carl Wayne Morgan received 1,679 or 64.13 of the votes, while challenger Matt Hunt received 939 votes – 35.87 percent.
• Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace – Republican incumbent Phillip Grimes received 330 – or 56.70 percent – of the 582 ballots cast, compared to challenger James Morris’s 252 votes, or 43.30 percent.
•Pct. 4 County Commissioner – Of the 495 ballots cast, Republican incumbent Byron Underwood received 343, or 69.29 percent, votes compared to challenger Glyn A. Dotson’s 152 votes, or 30.71 percent.
Local candidates in the Democratic primary are uncontested.
At the state level, the race for governor has drawn a number of candidates from both political parties.
Democratic candidates Wendy R. Davis and Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal received combined 209 ballots cast in Cherokee County for state governor. Davis drew 196 – 93.78 percent – vote to Madrigal's 13 votes, or 6.22 percent.
Leticia Van de Putte, the sole Democratic contender in the lieutenant governor's race, receive all 183 votes, or 100 percent of ballots cast in the local county primary.