County races across the South Plains are having runoff elections next month.
Candidates in Dawson, Scurry, Terry and Yoakum counties will continue their campaigns and urge voters to return to the polls April 13.
There will be a runoff for the county judge race for both parties. Of the Republicans, Allen Wells finished ahead with 43.95 percent and will face Cora Brown, who had 33.78 percent of the votes. The third candidate, Neil Faulkner, had 22.27 percent.
All of the candidates said they were not surprised that they will be in runoffs because of the number of people running.
Wells said he will continue to visit with voters and is just excited to be in the runoff.
“I will continue to run a clean campaign,” he said. “I don’t take this as a sure thing.”
The Democratic candidates, Nora Ortiz-Juarez and Troy Howard had the most votes. Howard had the lead with 36.66 percent followed closely by Ortiz-Juarez with 36.10 percent.
While she was impressed by the voter turnout, Ortiz-Juarez said she plans to encourage more people to vote and tell them they need to participate in the upcoming runoff.
Incumbent Rod Waller came out ahead of his two opponents in the race for county judge, but not with the majority vote.
Waller had 48.53 percent of the votes, Kirby McCravey was next with 31.25 percent and Kent Wright was third with 20.22 percent.
In the race for county commissioner for precinct 2, Kirby Keesee with 31.12 percent and Albert Flores had the most votes out of the six people running.
Keesee had 31.12 percent, and Flores had 29.37 percent.
The results for the other four candidates are as follows: Johnny Garcia (9.79 percent), Max L. (10.14 percent), Myron Bovkoon (9.79 percent) and Clay Nichols (9.79 percent).
In the hotly contested race for district clerk, the incumbent Sandra Roblez was in the lead, but will have to face Judy Thompson.
Roblez had 44.72 percent, Thompson finished just ahead of the third candidate, Elsa Moya with 27.93 percent. Moya had 27.35 percent of the votes.
At press time, results from Bailey, Borden, Gaines, Hale and Lamb counties were not available.
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