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Super Tuesday 2020 Roundup

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Sheriff takes Democratic nomination

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra received more than twice as many votes as his most ardent opponent Tuesday night, according to unofficial tallies from the county’s elections office. Guerra coasted into his third term as sheriff after obtaining 63% of the vote during the March primary election, as of press time Tuesday. More than 38,000 people cast a vote in his favor. These figures reflect votes cast from more than 85% of precincts. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Ramirez unseats Escobar in Starr County DA’s race

Starr County will have a new district attorney next year after 229th District Attorney Omar Escobar was defeated Tuesday by Gocha Ramirez, a Rio Grande City-based attorney. Ramirez received a combined 10,136 votes across three counties to Escobar’s 7,673. In Starr County, Ramirez garnered 7,715 votes to Escobar’s 6,387, according to unofficial final results from the county’s elections department. In Jim Hogg County, Ramirez received 1,423 votes to Escobar’s 321. In Duval County, Ramirez received 998 votes to Escobar’s 965 votes. With his loss, Escobar was denied a third term to the office which prosecutes cases for the three counties. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Cuellar ahead but Cisneros close behind as some precincts still uncounted by midnight

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, appeared to be fending off a powerful primary challenge from Jessica Cisneros as of presstime Wednesday morning. Cuellar had obtained 37,045 votes, 52.8%, across the district as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday while Cisneros had 33,119 ballots, 47.2%. The incumbent congressman took a solid majority of the final vote in Starr County, while Cisneros led the incumbent by almost 1,000 ballots in Hidalgo County with 100 out of 101 precincts reporting there. Cuellar had received 6,126 votes, 46.17%, in Hidalgo County, led by Cisneros with 7,143 early votes or 53.83% of the total in Hidalgo County. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Fuentes wins Precinct 1 handily; Villarreal poised to pull off Precinct 3 upset

David Fuentes won a decisive victory in his re-election bid for Precinct 1 Hidalgo County Commissioner, defeating Olga Noriega, a fellow Weslaco native, in the March Democratic primary. With no Republican challengers, Fuentes’ reelection in November is assured. “I’m very happy that the community, the voters, have agreed that we’re the right choice,” Fuentes said outside Weslaco City Hall Tuesday, shortly after learning he had won nearly three-fourths of the votes from ballots cast in early voting. With some precincts yet to report as of press time, Fuentes led with 11,786 votes (70.65%) to Noriega’s 4,897 (29.35%). Results remain unofficial until the election is canvassed. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

O’Caña-Olivarez clear winner for Court-at-Law No. 9

Patricia “Patty” O’Caña-Olivarez appears to have secured the judge’s seat for the newly created Hidalgo County Court-at-Law No. 9, according to unofficial numbers from Tuesday’s Democratic primary. O’Caña-Olivarez, an attorney, collected 61.62% of votes, or 37,306 votes. Challenger Abiel Flores, who is also an attorney, picked up 23,235 votes, or 38.38%. This is with more than 80% of precincts reporting, ac-cording to the Hidalgo County Elections Department as of presstime Tuesday. “I am ecstatic,” O’Caña-Olivarez said. “I just finished celebrating together right now with family and friends. The position was created to alleviate workload that has been affecting other courts-at-law, and to take over those cases. I look forward to bringing community involvement within the court system. Read the full story at themonitor.com.