In complete, unofficial returns, Mrs. Manes won by 18 votes, 254 to 236, in the only local race on the GOP ballot. Since she is unopposed in the November general election, her victory Tuesday is tantamount to election.
The county’s Republican Executive Committee will canvass the votes from that race and Tuesday’s other GOP runoffs on Thursday, said Upshur County GOP Chairman Cynthia Ridgeway. She said none of the five provisional votes cast in the local Republican election, only one of which was in Mrs. Manes’s precinct, qualified to be counted.
Mrs. Manes, who held the JP job for two years, was defeated for reelection in 2010 by current incumbent Laura Lee Norred, who didn’t seek reelection this year.
In other races on the Upshur Republican and Democratic ballots, local voters largely—but not completely—followed the statewide trend in races for state and federal office.
And Upshur GOP voters gave 91-year-old U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall) a 22-vote margin in his losing race for reelection against attorney John Ratcliffe, 575 to 553 in unofficial returns.
Hall, the oldest member of the U.S. House of Representatives in its history, represents part of Upshur County, while U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) represents the rest.
In the only Republican contest where a winning statewide candidate lost Upshur County, Ryan Sitton trailed Wayne Christian here, 753 to 727, in the race for a spot on the Texas Railroad Commission, which now regulates the energy industry, not railroads.
Dan Patrick, who won a landslide victory in ousting incumbent GOP Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst statewide, carried Upshur County by better than 2 to 1 in unofficial returns, 1,041 to 501.
Ken Paxton, who easily won the Republican contest for Attorney General over Dan Branch, and who was endorsed by Upshur County Pct. 2 Comm. Cole Hefner, won Upshur County in unofficial returns, 941 to 587.
And Sid Miller, who defeated former State Rep. Tommy Merritt of Longview for the GOP nomination for Commissioner of Agriculture, narrowly carried Upshur County by 37 votes, 784 to 747, in unofficial returns.
In the Democratic primary, only two races were on the Upshur ballot and the light turnout of local Democrats followed the statewide trend in one.
David M. Alameel, who had campaigned in Gilmer and defeated Kesha Rogers statewide in the U.S. Senate race, carried the county, 67 to 17, in complete, unofficial returns.
County Democratic Chairman Dan Miles Jr. had criticized Ms. Rogers, who expressed support for impeaching President Obama.
In the other race on the Democratic ballot, comedian Richard “Kinky” Friedman lost the statewide contest for the party’s nomination for Commissioner of Agriculture to Jim Hogan despite carrying Upshur County 50 to 34 in complete, unofficial returns.