Keough unofficial winner of Republican primary for Montgomery County judge

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Updated 10:25 p.m.

The unofficial voting results from all 96 precincts in Montgomery County are in: Mark Keough is the Republican candidate for county judge with 57.83 percent of the votes, or 27,134 votes. Incumbent Craig Doyal trailed behind with 42.17 percent of the votes, or 19,786 votes.

Keough has served as state representative for District 15 in the Texas House since 2014. In May 2017, Keough announced his decision not to run for re-election and his bid for county judge.

Following the results of the primary elections Tuesday evening, Keough said he was very excited for the outcome and thanked his wife Kim, his chief of staff and his campaign manager. Keough said he planned to head home and take a few days off before addressing the remainder of the campaign.

“It’s a great thing, I’m very excited,” he said. “So many people have helped in so many ways, but I give all the credit to the Lord. It’s such an honor to serve Montgomery County.”

Doyal could not be reached on election night for comments.

To see Keough’s responses to Community Impact Newspaper‘s Republican questionnaire from the March edition, click here. Keough will face the uncontested Democratic candidate Jay Stittleburg, who received 8,558 votes, in the November general election.

Published 7:10 p.m.

Unofficial early voting results show Republican candidate Mark Keough taking the lead in the race for Montgomery County judge. Results show Keough with 57.68 percent of the votes, or 15,734 votes, and incumbent Craig Doyal with 42.32 percent of the votes, or 11,546 votes.

Doyal served as Montgomery County commissioner for 14 years before serving as county judge for three years. Keough has served as state representative for District 15 in the Texas House since 2014.

Whichever candidate wins the primary election will face uncontested Democratic candidate Jay Stittleburg, who received 4,512 votes, in the November general election.

All results are unofficial until canvassed. For more local primary election results and coverage, visit communityimpact.com/vote.

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Kelly Schafler
Kelly Schafler is a reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition of Community Impact, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she joined Community Impact as a full-time reporter in June 2017, Kelly wrote business and dining features for CI as a freelance journalist.
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