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Escobar easily tops opponents, keeps County Judge seat

Escobar easily tops opponents, keeps County Judge seat
Daniel Marin/KTSM
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POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:32am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 10:01am

El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar cruised to victory in Tuesday's countywide primary election, according to unofficial final results provided by the County's election department.

Escobar, a Democrat, faces no Republican challenger in November and will therefore keep her seat as the highest elected official in El Paso County.

"I'm glad to have the voters basically tell me, 'Let's keep moving forward,'" Escobar told NewsChannel 9 at her campaign party at the downtown Doubletree Hotel.

Escobar, who received roughly 52 percent of the vote, handily defeated challengers Aliana Apodaca, a local businesswoman, and current City Representative Eddie Holguin.

Apodaca received just shy of 25 percent of the 31,240 votes cast in the race; Holguin received fewer than 23 percent.

"I had a mountain of money against me, I had special interests against me," Escobar told supporters Tuesday evening. "I'm proud of what we've done."

A UTEP and NYU graduate, Escobar was elected to office in 2010 and is the third woman to serve as the county judge in El Paso.

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