DEL NORTE — Unofficial results for the 2012 primary election show that 41 percent of the county's eligible voters mailed in their ballots and generally stuck with the status quo.
Incumbent District 1 County Commissioner Doug Davie held onto his seat with 777 votes, or 58.16 percent of the Republican voters to 559 or 41.84 percent for challenger Joseph J. Mellott. There were 11 under votes.
Under votes are ballots not marked; where voters chose not to participate in a particular race or for a candidate.
In Commissioner District 3, the race to replace retiring commissioner Dennis Murphy saw unopposed Republican Gene W. Glover pull in 1,023 confidence votes, setting up a three-way race in November against unaffiliated challengers Martin Asplin and Pamela Bricker. There were 324 under votes.
Another hot race in the San Luis Valley took place on the Democratic ticket, with Costilla County Commissioner Crestina Martinez winning 392 votes to 176 for Armando R. Valdez, with 18 under votes.
This race involved all registered Democrats in newly created State Senate District 35. The ultimate winner will face Republican Larry Crowder, who collected 1,099 confidence votes in Rio Grande County. There were 248 under votes.
Incumbent Democrat Edward Vigil, hoping to hold his seat in State House District 62, had some problems in heavily Republican Rio Grande County, where he drew 527 Democrat confidence votes, with 64 under votes, while Republican challenger Timothy L. Walters, a member of the Adams State University Board of Trustees, drew 1,084 confidence votes, with 263 under votes. This race will be decided in November.
The race for District Attorney, also to be decided in November, saw one-term Democrat DA David Mahonee drawing 488 votes and 103 under votes to 989 and 358 under votes for Republican Peter Comar, a former DA who was term-limited and replaced by Mahonee.
In Rio Grande County, incumbent Republican Scott R. Tipton drew 1,165 confidence votes and 182 under votes to Democrat challenger Sal Pace, who pulled in 501 votes and 90 under votes, setting up a race for U.S. Representative, District 3, in November.