El Paso County Judge race likely to head to runoff, Cook leads with 46 percent

Unofficial results for the race for El Paso County Judge.

In the race for El Paso County Judge, former El Paso Mayor John Cook is in the lead, but the race will likely head to a runoff.

With the majority of the precincts reporting by 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Cook had about 46 percent of the vote and needs 50 percent plus one to avoid a runoff.

“I’ve been involved in runoffs before. First time I ran for City Council I was in a runoff. First time I ran for mayor I was in a runoff, so this is not new territory for me,” Cook said.

Right behind him was candidate Ricardo Samaniego with 30.45 percent of the vote.

There were only three Democratic candidates in the primary.

Cook, Samaniego and Laura Enriquez vied for El Paso’s vote during the primary.

Cook was the mayor of El Paso from 2005 to 2012. In addition to being mayor, he was a City Council representative from 1999 to 2005.

Following his service in El Paso government, Cook ran for Texas Land Commissioner in 2012 but, lost to current Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

There is no Republican challenger for the county judge primary so whomever wins the runoff election will take the seat.

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