September 9, 2014

10 p.m.

This is our final update for the evening.

With 99% of precincts reporting:

Perry 53%
Arrington 30%
Wortham 13%
Jones 2%
McKennon 1%
Garza 1%

Perry won 46 of the district’s 51 counties, most by a clear majority vote. The only precincts out are in Ward Co., where Perry took 74% of the early vote.

We will have a little bit of post-race analysis tomorrow.

9:30 p.m.

It appears Lubbock Co. is now 100% reported, and Perry edged upward to nearly 55%. Arrington is right at 30% and Wortham 12%.

Still waiting on final election day numbers for Lamb, Tom Green, Upton and Ward Cos., but the inevitable result is that Sen.-elect Charles Perry has won this special election outright.

9 p.m.

This is the last of our 15-minute interval updates. We’ll be switching to half hourly.

KFYO has called the race for Perry, who is being interviewed by the station now.

75% of precincts are reporting: Perry 54%, Arrington 30%, Wortham 13%.

Only counties out are Lamb, Lubbock (55 of 104 precincts), McCulloch, Runnels, Tom Green (26 of 34 precincts), Upton and Ward. Everything else is in.

24% of precincts reporting in Tom Green Co., where Perry is now 19 votes ahead of Arrington (an increase of 7 from early voting), with both at 39%. This will move Perry’s overall number down slightly, but the Lubbock Co. numbers will more than offset this impact.

8:45 p.m.

With 62% of precincts reporting overall, Perry is at 54.16%. He is 1,372 votes above 50%.

Arrington: “Hope springs eternal with me. That’s how Plainview Bulldogs think.” Reported via Twitter by Stevie Poole, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reporter. Arrington said he would support Perry “if it comes to it.”

The first vote centers in Lubbock Co. have begun reporting election day results. The numbers didn’t shift noticeably: Perry 54%, Arrington 30%, Wortham 13%.

8:30 p.m.

With 55% of precincts reporting:

Perry 54%
Arrington 31%
Wortham 12%

Still no election day results from Lubbock or Tom Green Cos. At this stage, something very counter to the rest of the results would need to occur to drop Perry 4.01 percentage points.

In Nolan Co., where Wortham was the mayor of the county seat, Perry nonetheless won 58% of the early vote. Wortham was second at 29%, one of his better showings. Arrington received just 10%.

8:15 p.m.

There are only 4 counties that have not yet reported early voting. Thirty-four have reported all election day results. We have no election day results from Lubbock or Tom Green Co. Reportedly 68% of all votes cast in Lubbock Co. were cast early.

With 54% of precincts reporting:

Perry 54%
Arrington 31%
Wortham 12%
Jones 2%
Garza 1%
McKennon 1%

It’s worth noting that Wortham is running 13% behind Barack Obama in 2012.

8 p.m.

With 32% reporting, Perry has inched upward to 54%. Arrington is just over 30% and Wortham 12%. At least early voting totals are in for 35 of the 51 counties.

Here’s a sampling of Perry’s early voting strength in the smaller counties:

  • Coleman Co. – 70%
  • Cottle Co. – 70%
  • Crane Co. – 80%
  • Eastland Co. – 72%
  • Menard Co. – 70%
  • Mitchell Co. – 77%
  • Reagan Co. – 69%
  • Scurry Co. – 69%
  • Sutton Co. – 74%
  • Terry Co. – 70%

Arrington’s strongest county has been Hale, where he received 66% of the vote.

Wortham’s best showing has been Fisher Co. (54%).

7:45 p.m.

Perry received 55% of the nearly 16,000 early votes from Lubbock Co. With the other large county’s early vote total in, it appears Perry is in good position to win without a runoff — though we caution it is still too early to call.

Lubbock Co. early vote:

Perry 55% (8,574 votes)
Arrington 30% (4,757 votes)
Wortham 11%
Others 4%

Overall, with 17% reporting, Perry leads Arrington, 54%-31%, with Wortham a distant third at 12%. Twenty counties have not reported early voting totals.

7:30 p.m.

With 11% of precincts reporting out of 26 counties:

Perry 51%
Arrington 33%
Wortham 13%
Garza 1%
Jones 1%
McKennon 1%

These results include a handful of election day counts. Tom Green Co. EV is included, but still nothing from Lubbock Co.

7:15 p.m.

Polls closed at 7 p.m. throughout the district.

Sixteen of the smaller counties posted early votes, and Rep. Charles Perry had 61% of those. Jodey Arrington was second at 21% and Greg Wortham third at 15%.

In Tom Green Co., Perry edged out Arrington by 12 votes (out of 2,934 cast) in early voting. Both were at 40%. Wortham was third at 17%.

Nothing yet from Lubbock Co.

4 p.m.

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