Both candidates hoping to win the Republican nomination for Erath County Attorney say they are ready to learn the results from today’s Texas primary.

After months of campaigning, Lisa Pence and J. Mac Rust said Monday that they feel good about their chances of winning.

“There’s no way in the world to know how this is going to turn out, but I feel good about things,” Rust said. “This has been a wonderful experience no matter what happens.”

Pence agreed, saying she feels “pretty positive” about her chances of winning. She said she and her supporters will gather at her office tonight to wait for election results.

“Hopefully, we will be celebrating,” Pence said.

The winner of tonight’s primary will face Democrat Gale Warren in November. County Attorney Carey Fraser announced late last year that he would not seek another term.

Meanwhile, election officials are preparing for a big voter turnout in today’s primary. A total of 2,538 Erath County voters cast early ballots, far surpassing the 509 early voters who turned out four years ago. A breakdown of that number shows 1,118 Democrats and 1,420 Republicans cast early ballots.

Erath County Clerk Gwinda Jones has said she believes the unusually high numbers reflect an intense interest in both the presidential race and various local races.

Tonight’s election will also yield winners in three other high-profile local races, including commissioners of Precincts 1 and 3 and constable of Precinct 1.

In the race for commissioner of Precinct 1, incumbent Jerry Martin faces challenges from Rick Hale and Jim Pack, while Joe Brown, Greg McCleskey, and Jeffery Bush vie for commissioner of Precinct 3.

Incumbent Larry Ciccarelli is hoping to hold on to his spot as constable while facing opposition from Joe Yasinosky.

(See Wednesday’s edition of the Empire-Tribune for complete election results.)