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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — The important Tuesday, July 14 runoff elections will finalize which Democratic and Republican primary candidates will be on the ballot for the November general election.
From the field of 15 candidates for the 13th Congressional District, Josh Winegarner received 38.86% of the vote and Ronny Jackson had 19.81% of the Super Tuesday vote on March 3. The seat has been held by Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, who is retiring after 25 year of service as the U.S. Representative from this area.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 primary runoff set for Tuesday, May 26 was postponed to the July date. Early voting for began Monday, June 29, and will continue through Friday, July 10. The length of the early voting period is double the typical time span due to the coronavirus pandemic. Collingsworth County has only six total cases with five recovered and one active.
By noon on Thursday, July 2, both mail-in and in-person votes began adding up. Fifty of the 1904 registered voters in Collingsworth County had already cast their ballot in the Republican race. Fifteen mail-in ballots had been received.
Three Democratic ballots had been cast in person and two mail-in ballots had been received by the county staff. All ballots by mail had to be returned to the office no later than Thursday, July 2.
“Those wanting to vote early may come to the Collingsworth County Clerk’s office in the courthouse before Friday, July 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.,” said Collingsworth County/District Clerk Jackie Johnson.
On the Democratic ballot are three races. For U.S. Senator, Mary “MJ” Hegar with 22% of the Super Tuesday votes is in the runoff with Royce West with 14.5%.
For the U.S. Representative, District 13, Gus Trujillo garnered just over 42% of the votes while challenger Greg Sagan received almost 35%.
For the Democratic Railroad Commissioner, Robert R. “Beto” Alonzo earned 29% of the votes while Christa Castañeda had 34% on Super Tuesday to warrant the runoff.
The other Republican race on the ballot is for an unexpired term for Justice, 7th Court of Appeals District, Place 4. Inadvertently left off of the Collingsworth and Cochran County ballots on March 3, the courts ordered a new election for all 46 counties.
Election Day is Tuesday, July 14. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. All Republican precincts will be consolidated. Voting will take place at the Collingsworth County Courthouse, First Floor, Room 6.
The Democrat precincts will be consolidated as well. All ballots will be cast at Wellington High School.
“Please remember you must have your photo ID to vote,” Johnson added.
For further information, contact Johnson at 806-447-2408.