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Marijuana reform candidate finishes fifth in special Texas Senate election

Kerry McKennon

Pro-marijuana candidate Kerry McKennon finished fifth in the special state senate election for District 28 in Texas.

In all, 42,789 votes were cast in a matchup which featured a total of six candidates, four of which were Republicans. The other two included a Democrat and McKennon, who is a Libertarian.

McKennon received a total of 357 votes, 0.83% of the total, of which 217 were cast during early voting. He found most of his support in Lubbock County, where he received 169 votes. A distant second, he garnered 51 votes from Tom Green County, with Hale bringing in 13 and Taylor 12.

The top two candidates in the race advance to the general election in the fall. That includes Charles Perry, who obtained 22,849 votes, and Joey Arrington, who placed a distant second with 12,956. Both are Republicans.

Democratic Party candidate Greg Wortham was the only other candidate to receive more than a thousand votes, racking up 5,605. Delwin Jones managed 675 votes, and E.M. Garza finished last with 347, just 10 shy of tying McKennon.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

McKennon ran a campaign focused on marijuana law reform, equal rights, legal open carry laws, education reform, and migrant guest worker visas.

Overall, McKennon spent $4 per vote gained according to his campaign announcement. A statement released on his campaign’s Facebook page thanked everyone for their involvement.

“Thank you to everyone who voted for me in this race. I wish the outcome could have been different. We ran a race of focusing on issue that no other candidate would touch. We did bet one of the Republican Candidates. Our Liberty for All campaign continues in the House D88 race.”

By: Stephen Carter

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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