Hotly Contested GOP Race To Be Decided Tuesday

WACO (April 13, 2010)-It’s runoff election Tuesday, the day a hotly contested GOP race will be decided.

After an additional month of campaigning by Waco businessman Rob Curnock and retired Bryan energy executive Bill Flores, District 17 voters now have the opportunity to choose who will face off against incumbent Rep. Chet Edwards in the November election.

The District 17 GOP vote was split among five contenders, none of which garnered a solid majority, sending the race into a runoff election between the top two candidates.

Flores received 21,453 votes in the Primary to Curnock's 18,624.

Curnock is banking on his experience in the district; the former journalist-turned-businessman came close to unseating Edwards in the 2008 election. Edwards won the election with less than 55 percent of the vote.

Flores, on the other hand, is depending on his vast bankroll and the backing of key supporters such as former U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm and former competitor Chuck Wilson.

Other local and state runoff elections include:

  • McLennan County Democratic Party Chairman election between Karen Petree and Kelvin L. Williams.
  • State Supreme Court Place 3 Republican runoff between Rick Green and Debra Lehrmann.
  • State Board of Education Dist. 10 Republican runoff between Marsha Farney and Brian Russell.

The polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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  • by Johnny Reb Location: Lorena on May 7, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    Hi, Real. I didn't vote for years because of the crooked stuff I heard of, going on in Nam. Guys would come back telling about guarding planes loaded with drugs coming back from secret LZ's in North Vietnam. Nguyễn Cao Kỳ's private C-130. The drugs were sold on the black market there to our troops. What rotten political stuff the U.S. put up with. But, then I figured that it was dumb of me not to vote. So, maybe that will encourage you to. It is so miniscule to make little difference, except to remember that Bush remained president over the count of less than 200 votes. So, your vote does matter. But, make it count. God Bless. JR.
  • by Real Location: close by on Apr 14, 2010 at 04:31 PM
    Most people never heard of Poll Tax, that was money charged for a person to get to vote. And none of these kid reporters couldn't win a spelling bee, or pass a Journalism Test. Comments are good for a laugh though!! And NO I did not go vote!!
  • by Bill Location: Waco on Apr 14, 2010 at 04:46 AM
    WOW!!!! People went to strip clubs to vote??? It is the POLLS people went to.... NOT the POLES...LOL
  • by Johnny Reb Location: Lorena on Apr 13, 2010 at 05:20 PM
    Spoken like a true communist.
  • by Real Location: close by on Apr 13, 2010 at 01:57 PM
    Since I donn't really care about the local's, and don't even know, or have ever heard about the rest of them, I'll not waste my time or gas to go vote! Let the majority decide! And Flores has 'not' beat Chet Edwards yet, nor has Guv. Perry beat out Mr. White! Thank You!
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