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Voter turnout modest for general election

Voter turnout was modest in Hockley County for the general election on Tuesday.

With only one contested race, interest in this election was down from two years ago, when a highly contested sheriff’s race and the presidential election garnered more attention.

A total of 3,717 people voted  early and on Tuesday, which is about 28 percent of the eligible voters in the county.

County Clerk Irene Gumula said the election went smoothly, with all ballots counted by shortly after 9 p.m.

County voters went for Republican candidates in a big way.

That preference extended to the one contested local race.

In the Precinct 4 justice of the peace, Steve Moore, the incumbent and a Republican, defeated Democrat Deborah Williamson by a margin of 432-115.

However, Moore resigned from the position earlier this year and said he would not serve again.

County commissioners must now consider appointing someone to the post.

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