There will be hundreds more Hunt County residents registered to vote for the April 8 primary runoffs than were registered for the March 4 party primaries.

The Hunt County Voter Administration Office reported Thursday there are 48,163 registered voters in Hunt County eligible to vote for the runoff. That is an increase of 507 people over the 47,656 voters who had registered before the primaries.

Chances are, the increased interest is based on the two big races still to be decided in the Hunt County Republican Party runoff; including the sheriff’s runoff between Richard Hill and Randy Meeks and the Precinct 1 County Commissioner showdown between Chris Bracken and Mike Pierce.

The winner of the GOP sheriff’s runoff will face Democrat Dewey Watson in November, while the winner of the Republican Party Commissioner’s runoff will face incumbent Democrat Kenneth Thornton.

There is a Democratic Party runoff as well, for the nomination in the race for Railroad Commissioner. Dale Henry and Mark Thompson are vying to see who will face Republican incumbent Commissioner Michael L. Williams in November.

Early voting for the runoffs begins Monday and continues through April 4.

Anyone who voted in the Democratic Party primary can do so again for the Democratic runoff, while those who voted in the Republican Party primary can vote again in the GOP runoff. Registered voters who did not participate in either primary can vote in either runoff, but not both.

Those seeking more information on the runoff can go by the Hunt County Voter Administration Office, 2217 Washington Street in Greenville, or call 903-454-5467.

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