Cliff Pirtle, left, goes over election numbers with Candy Spence Ezzell, right, and Robert Corn at the GOP headquarters, Tuesday evening. Mark Wilson Photo
The voice of Chaves County was heard loud and clear Tuesday night after about 60 percent of its registered voters had weighed in for the 2012 general election. In total, 20,593 of 34,895 registered voters in the county had voted early or voted on Election Day.
Election results are as of Tuesday at 11 p.m. and are unofficial.
Including the race for president, Chaves County had nine contested races on the ballot. The race between longtime Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, and Republican Cliff Pirtle was decided in State Senate District 32, with the 27-year-old Pirtle emerging as the victor with 5,102 votes to 4,461 votes for Jennings.
“Right now, I’m really excited and proud that people have faith in me to represent them,” Pirtle said. “Very early on we made this race about the issues, the people made it about the issues, and it just boiled down to the candidate that was going to represent them the best.
“I just want to say thank you to Sen. Jennings for 34 years of service, and I hope that I can represent the district and be as well-respected as he has been.”
Pirtle added that his message to Chaves County is that he’s “going to be a senator for the people.” “If [people] have an issue or an opinion on an issue that’s going to be voted on, don’t hesitate to contact Login to read more