With no races on the Republican side of the ballot here in Jasper County, local officials were shocked that in Tuesday’s primary election, almost half the voters here chose to vote in a Republican Primary, instead of the traditional Democratic Primary.
A total of 1,327 people or 51.93 percent of those who voted, here in Jasper County, asked for a Democratic ballot and 1,228 or 48.06 percent, asked for a Republican ballot, resulting in a difference of only 99 ballots between the two parties, which is just opposite of previous years.
Most of those who voted on the Republican side said it was their first time to do so. However, they indicated that it was not local or state issues that prompted them to do so, but instead, the political scene in Washington.
However, Jasper County was not alone in the change. In Tyler County, 1,216 ballots were cast on the Republican side and 976 were cast on the Democratic side. In Hardin County, 5,281 ballots were cast on the Republican side and 2,112 ballots were cast on the Democratic side.
In Angelina County, 5,051 ballots were cast on the Republican side and 3,138 were cast on the Democratic side. In Orange County, 4,767 ballots were cast in the Democratic Primary and 4,483 ballots were cast on the Republican side.
The County Clerks office in Sabine County was not able to provide the totals there. However, figures submitted by the office to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, indicated that 1,054 votes were cast for the Democratic candidates for Governor and that 925 votes were cast for the Republican candidates for Governor.
Two local counties known to be strongly Democratic, Newton and Jefferson Counties, were the only ones to continue in that tradition. In Newton County, only 424 voters cast ballots in the Republican Primary while 2,963 cast ballots in the Democratic Primary. In Jefferson County, 18,373 chose to vote in the Democratic Primary and 9.032 chose to vote in the Republican Primary.
In Jasper County, all but one county official is a Democrat. Brett Holloway who serves as Justice of the Peace of Precinct 5 is Republican and once again seeking office. However, Holloway was unopposed in both the Republican and Democratic Primaries.