PHOTO: District 61 candidate Brandon Ogles and his wife, Grace, look at early vote tallies at the Election Commission on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018./Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
After a hotly contested District 61 race in which candidates spent hundreds of thousands of dollars campaigning, Brandon Ogles emerged victorious.
Ogles walked out of the Williamson County Election Commission victorious after capturing 35 percent of the vote, 3,913 total ballots.
In second was attorney Gino Bulso, who received 24 percent of the vote. He declined to comment on the outcome of the race.
Next came county commissioner Jeff Ford, with nearly 17 percent of the vote, Rebecca Burke (14.5 percent), Robert Hullett (6.4 percent), and Terrence Smith (two percent).
Running unopposed, Rebecca Purington nabbed the Democratic nomination with 3,413 votes.
At the election commission, Purington was the lone Democrat in a room full of Republican candidates.
In a Facebook post, she offered her congratulations to Ogles, and said she would be preparing for the state general election.
“I’m not thinking anymore,” Ogles said at the election commission. “We’re excited for a successful primary, tomorrow we’ll start the next stage of our campaign.”
He and his wife, Grace, plan to be at the opening night of the county fair on Friday, he said.
In Williamson County, 73 percent of voters cast a Republican ballot, while 27 percent voted Democratic.
Over 20,000 voted early, with 23,000 voting on Thursday, election day. The state general election is Tuesday, November 6.
All results are unofficial until certified by the Election Commission.