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Candidates win in busy GOP Primary election


Last updated 5/30/2012 at Noon

David Ball For The Record

The Republicans in Orange County may be the political new kids on the block but they made their mark in the 2012 Primary.

David Dubose, Mandy White-Rogers and David Cagle were victorious in their elections on Tuesday night. The primary in Texas was postponed due to redistricting until a date of May 29 was finally selected. The numbers break down as follows:

• Precinct 1 County Commissioner

David Dubose (I) 1,044 votes and 53.90 percent

Brad Childs 893 votes and 46.10 percent

• Judge, County Court at Law

Mandy White-Rogers 4,531 votes and 55.74 percent

Rodney Allen Townsend Jr. 3,598 votes and 44.26 percent

• Constable, Precinct 2

David Cagle 1,119 votes and 59.58 percent

Jeremiah Gunter 759 votes and 40.42 percent

Upon hearing the news of his win, Dubose said he was relieved it was over.

"I had a very formidable opponent. I just got more people out to vote. We ran a clean race. We never said any dirty words or had any dirty advertisements," Dubose said. "I'm a people guy. That has a lot to do with it (his win). We had a lot of donations this time too."

Dubose will begin picking up his campaign signs starting Wednesday and wait to put them up again in September for the General Election in November when he faces Democratic challenger, James Stringer.

White-Rogers, meanwhile, said she was simultaneously feeling elated, excited and amazed at her win in a close race against Townsend.

"He's a nice guy, but I think people saw I have a lot more experience," she said. "I used Facebook, called a lot of people, had friends call people, I did a lot of praying and I had people pray for me during this race."

White-Rogers added she didn't realize what a huge undertaking it is running a countywide race until she got into it.

She will now focus on raising money for the next half of her campaign for the November election against Michael Abbott.

In other races pertinent to Orange County, incumbent Weldon Peveto beat challenger Joey Jacobs in the Precinct 4 Constable race 1,251 votes and 54.20 percent of the vote to 1,057 votes and 45.80 percent of the vote.

Mandy White-Rogers beat Rodney Townsend in the primary and will face Mike Abbott in November.

Incumbent Allan Ritter beat Daniel Miller with 5,377 votes or 70.83 percent to 2,214 votes and 29.17 percent of the vote in the District 3 state representative race.

For the District 3 state senator race, incumbent Robert Nichols had 4,656 votes and 66.59 percent of the vote against Tammy Blair's 2,336 votes and 33.41 percent of the vote.

And for the newly drawn District 36 U.S. Representative race, the top vote getters were Steve Stockman with 3,030 votes and 40.85 percent, Stephen Takach with 1,245 votes and 16.79 percent and Jim Engstrand with 1,089 votes and 14.68 percent of the vote.

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