Hutchison concedes to Perry

Though Republican gubernatorial candidate Kay Bailey Hutchison conceded the Republican primary to Gov. Rick Perry Tuesday night, they were only four votes apart at local voting site Paschal High School with Hutchison at the lead.

According to the Associated Press, as of 10:52 p.m., statewide, Perry had 51 percent of the vote while Hutchison had 31 percent. Republican Debra Medina had close to 20 percent of the vote.

Perry will face Democrat and former Houston Mayor Bill White, who clinched the Democratic nomination.

Republican voters had a much stronger turnout at the Paschal High School location, said Jim Barnett, the Republican precinct chair for precinct 1408.

A precinct convention member said the turnout could be attributed to the close race between Perry and Hutchison.

The number of Democrat voters by the end of the day came to 106, according to the votes cast ticket, while the Republicans had 406 voters.

Democratic convention chair for precinct 1409 Nile Fischer said the lower number of Democrat voters may have been because of an assumption that Bill White would win the primary by a landslide.

White did take the lead in the polls at Paschal High School, with 101 of the 106 total votes cast in precincts 1408, 1108, 1081 and 1298.

While voting numbers are down from past years, students still came out to cast their votes.

Alyse Lasley, a junior fashion merchandising major, took the extra step of attending her precinct’s convention.

“I think it is really important for young people to have their voice heard,” she said.

At the precinct convention, members of each precinct vote on the resolutions that will help form their party’s platform and also pick delegates who will go to the district convention later in the month. After that, the resolutions will go to the state and national conventions.

News editor Libby Davis contributed to this report.