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Election Day wrapup: Huge voter counts help steer Nueces County into 5 runoff elections

Posted at 12:42 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 14:05:41-05

It’s the day after a record-setting, history-making day at the polls.

The Republicans again took control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, while the Democrats claimed the House. It has all the makings of more gridlock for legislation in Washington for the next two years.

Locally, unofficial totals in Nueces County indicate a voter turnout of about 46 percent. That’s nearly 95,000 of the county’s 205,000 registered voters who took part in yesterday’s mid-term elections.

Port Commissioner Barbara Canales claimed the County Judge race over former County Commissioner Mike Pusley. U.S. Rep. Republican candidate Michael Cloud  defeated Democratic challenger Eric Holguin.

Mayor Joe McComb was forced into a Dec. 18 runoff after failing to claim the necessary more than 50 percent in a contest with five candidates. He will run against political novice Michael Hall in the runoff.

McComb’s race will be one of five runoffs next month.

Other races that will be set for runoffs will include City Council Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5.

All six city bonds were approved with at least 60 percent of the vote. And the bond for a new Carroll High School, the most expensive in the history of the Corpus Christi Independent School District, was approved by about 2,200 votes. The final margin was 52-48 percent in favor of the new school proposal.

Voter turnout in Nueces County was 46 percent, a significant jump over the 32 percent that voted in the 2014 midterms.