Collin County voters sided with their statewide and national counterparts last night and voted to elect Republican nominee Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
Trump earned 52.39 percent of the vote in the United States, besting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, 43.34 percent, and polled slightly higher in Collin County. Election totals for the county gave Trump 200,395 votes (55.22 percent) and Clinton 139,837 votes (38.53 percent).
Trump did not do as well in Collin County as past Republican presidential candidates. Mitt Romney got 64.86 percent of the vote in 2012 and John McCain received 62.16 percent in 2008.
If the 2016 Presidential Election was a vote for change, that did not carry on down ballots as Collin County and Texas voters overwhelmingly favored incumbents for re-election.
For U.S. Representative, District 3, incumbent Sam Johnson, Republican, defeated three opponents to win a new term. Johnson earned 193,063 votes (61.26 percent) to outpace Democrat Adam P. Bell, 108,780, Libertarian Scott Jameson, 10,408, and Green Party candidate Paul Blair, 2,893.
U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, District 4 Republican, won a new term with 13,993 votes, 87.65 percent, over Libertarian challenger Cody Wommack, 1,972 votes.
“I’m grateful for the overwhelming vote of confidence voters placed in me tonight. The opportunity to continue serving the Fourth District of Texas in the United States Congress is a privilege I do not take lightly,” Ratcliffe said.
Republican Justin Holland claimed the District 33 State Representative post with 27,767 votes, 62.62 percent of the total. Opponent totals were 15,107 for Democrat Karen Jacobs and 1,468 for Libertarian Rick Donaldson.
For State Representative, District 70, Republican incumbent Scott Sanford defeated three challengers to win. Sanford received 56,511 votes, 67.12 percent, over Democrat John Bryant, 23,944, Libertarian Rachel Wester, 3,145, and Green nominee Emmett Merwin, 596.
State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, Republican, won a new term with 48,222 votes, 63.61 percent, over Democratic challenger Denise Hamilton, 24,714, and Libertarian Bob Worthington, 2,875.
One of the biggest margins of victory in a county-wide race was won by Jim Skinner, Republican, who polled 80.42 percent, 225,008 votes, to win election as sheriff. He defeated Libertarian Daniel St. Clair, 54,770 votes. Skinner was endorsed by incumbent Sheriff Terry Box who has been in office for 30 years. Box did not run again for the office.
Judge Andrea Thompson, 416th State Judicial District, tallied a Republican victory by earning 224,093 votes (80.64 percent) to beat Libertarian Daniel R. Correa, 53,814 votes.
The rest of the Collin County offices on ballots were uncontested and went to Republican incumbents. Those elections went to 199th District Judge Angela Tucker, 380th District Judge Ben Smith, 401st District Judge Mark Rusch, 469th District Judge Piper McGraw, 470th District Judge Emily Miskel, County Court at Law Judge David Waddill, District Clerk Lynne Chupp Finley, Tax Assessor Kenneth L. Maun, Precinct Three County Commissioner Chris Hill and Precinct 2 Constable Gary Edwards.
Texas and Collin County residents also elected a full slate of Republican candidates to the offices of Railroad Commissioner, three State Supreme Court slots, three places on the Court of Criminal Appeals and two places on the Justice Court of Appeals.