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Voter turnout light in primary election

Voter turnout was light in Tuesday’s primary election, with only about 15 percent of the registered voters in Hockley County casting ballots in early and regular balloting.

The lack of local contested races may have affected the turnout.

Only one local county race garnered some attention.

In the Precinct 4 justice of the peace race, incumbent Steve Moore swamped his opponent, Cynthia Burt Harper, by a margin of 191-79 in the Republican primary.

Moore will face Democrat Deborah Williamson at the polls in November.

In the Republican primary, a total of 1,831 people voted early or on Tuesday.

In the Democratic primary, total voter turnout was 132.

The lack of a majority of votes in some state races means that runoff elections will be held  this spring.

The state has already picked May 27 as the date for runoff elections, said Pat Cowan, county Republican Party chairwoman.

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