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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — Few voters cast ballots across the 22-county area for the Texas State House of Representative District No. 68 Special Election to replace outgoing state Rep. Drew Springer who was elected to the Texas Senate.
“We had a low voter turnout but it was actually better than expected,” said Childress County Clerk Barbara Spitzer. “A lot of eligible voters were not even aware that there was a special election, but they will have another opportunity because there will be a runoff.”
From across the district, 9,139 voters turned out for the Special Election.
Five candidates vyed for the position as David Spiller came out ahead according to unofficial results with 43.88 percent of the vote. Runner-up Craig Carter garnered 18.07 percent in the race to proceed to a runoff with Spiller.
John Berry came in just behind Carter with 17.44 percent and Jason Brinkley a short distance from Berry with 16.29 percent of the vote. The lone Democrat in the race, Charles D. Gregory of Childress received 4.32 percent.
Unofficial results from the Red River Region are as follows:
CHILDRESS COLLIINGSWORTH HALL TOTAL
John Berry 71 28 22 121
Jason Brinkley 11 8 13 32
Craig Carter 75 19 28 122
Charles D. Gregory 20 5 12 37
David Spiller 97 76 46 219
TOTAL VOTERS 274 136 121 531