Some early totals

As of 8:15 p.m., here are the vote totals, with early voting numbers and 20 of 227 precincts reporting:

Wharton, 33,243

Lowery, 7,567

Chumney, 5,030

Carpenter, 3,058

Lawler, 1,266

Whalum, 899

Also, read reporter Clay Bailey’s early take on

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