Five contested races for Smith County positions appear to be ending with the apparent re-election of two incumbents, the ousting of two others and two runoffs.
Runoff elections are set for July 31.
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Phillips, a real estate investor and manager, ran against Lindale business owner Jimmy Hawley, 46; Winona real estate investor Ronnie Pilcher, 45; and Lindale business owner Ed Watts, 68.
He is to face Pilcher in the runoff — Phillips received 2,384 votes, 36.28 percent; Pilcher got 1,686 votes, 25.65 percent.
Hawley got 1,540 votes, 23.43 percent; Watts, 962 votes or 14.64 percent.
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With all precincts reporting, Jackson received 698 votes, 71.44 percent; Wilson got 279 votes for 28.56 percent.
In early returns, Jackson received 355 votes, for 70.44 percent, compared to Wilson's 149 votes or 29.56 percent.
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Dunklin, 53, received 5,402 votes, or 62.85 percent, compared to Lee's 3,193 votes for 37.15 percent, with all precincts reporting.
In early returns, the incumbent received 2,381 votes, 61.26 percent; Lee, a veteran Smith County lawman, had 1,506 votes.
Dunklin, 53, a retired police officer and Texas Department of Public Safety trooper, was selected as the Republican nominee in 2008 following the death of Frank Creath, who won the March Republican primary.
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Jim Blackmon, Scott McCauley and Bob Overman challenged incumbent Dustin Rust, who finished last.
Blackmon received the most votes, 1,873, 29.62 percent; McAuley, 1,650 votes, 26.09 percent.
Overman got 1,477 votes, 23.36 percent, with Rust finishing with 1,324 votes, 20.94 percent.
In early returns, Rust received only 528 votes, 19.34 percent, compared to Blackmon's 799 votes, 29.27 percent; McAuley with 712 votes, 26.08 percent; and Overman's 691 votes, 25.31 percent.
Rust was recently arrested on charges of abusing official capacity, theft by a public servant and operating a security company without a license following a state investigation, records show. Rusk said the allegations were politically motivated.
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Bibby hauled in 3,067 votes for 72.23 percent to Taylor's 1,179 votes or 27.77 percent.
In early returns, Bibby hauled in 1,686 votes, or 72.11 percent, compared to the incumbent, who received 652 votes of 27.89 percent.
Bibby, 53, has about 31 years of law enforcement experience that included service with the Smith County Sheriff's Department and Texas Department of Public Safety. He serves as a deputy constable for Precinct No. 2 Constable Andy Dunklin, who was reelected.
Taylor, 60, came under recent scrutiny following a $200,000 settlement on a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him. Taylor denies the allegations.
Staff writer Adam Russell contributed to this report.