The Athens Review
With almost 80 percent of the Henderson County straight-ticket voters picking the Republican Party, GOP candidates swept to easy victories in local, state and national races, Tuesday.
The percentage of votes going to each of the winning candidates was in the 70 to 80-percent range.
Republican incumbent Ray Nutt easily won a second term, over Democrat Bill Burton, while Tax Assessor Collector Milburn Chaney scored four more years in his first race on the GOP slate.
Chaney was the top vote-getter in opposed county races, defeating Democrat Bryan Barker 21,799 to 5,340. Nutt was not far behind, with a 20,941 to 6,126 win.
In other races, Precinct 5 Constable Brad Miers cruised to another term with about 77 percent of the vote.
Newcomer Scotty Thomas won the race for Precinct 1 County Commissioner to replace the retiring Joe Hall.
Thomas had about 78 percent of the vote over Democrat David McGlaun.
Henderson County was strongly in the corner of Republican Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama, 76.86 percent to 22.09 percent.
Republican Ted Cruz defeated Paul Sadler in the U.S. Senate race to win the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison’s seat. He carried the county 73.49 percent to 24.14 percent.
Fifth District U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling was returned to Washington with a strong showing, polling 76 percent of the Henderson County vote.
Democrat Linda Mrosko of Gun Barrel City finished with 21.84 percent.
The State Board of Education District 9 race saw Republican Thomas Ratliff defeat Libertarian Sherri Little, 86.18 percent to 13.81 percent.
Henderson County voters also cast ballots on a proposition to close the range to hogs, sheep and goats. About 70 percent of the voters favored the change.