Voters in Texas headed to the polls in huge numbers Tuesday for the Primary Run-off election. Election Officials say a total of 7,825 voters cast ballots in Harrison County, which is a high turnout for a run-off. They believe a highly contested race in the county may have driven voters to the polls.
There had been much controversy surrounding the 71st District Judge race. Incumbent Judge William Hughey had recently filed ethics complaints against his opponent, Attorney Brad Morin. Morin denied the accusations and said he hoped his supporters would end the feud on election day.
Tuesday, Morin got his wish. The attorney unseated Judge Hughey by nearly 1,000 votes. Morin received 4,062 votes while Hughey gained 3,371 votes. That seemed to put an end to the controversial campaigns. Both men had nothing but kind words for each other following the release of the results.
"I would like to congratulate Mr. Morin on the race," said Judge Hughey. "I'm excited for him. It's a great opportunity to serve the people here in Harrison County."
"Judge Hughey is a fine man," said Morin. "There wasn't anything personal about this race. I congratulate him on getting his supporters out. I hope he'll offer me some guidance since he's been on the bench and I look forward to talking with him about that."