I just spoke with Kirk McPike, campaign manager for Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. McPike said he was pleasantly surprised by the early voting numbers, which put Valdez ahead by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent, or 70,000 votes. McPike said he’d expected Valdez to capture only about 53 percent of the early vote. He acknowledged that it would be virtually impossible for Republican Lowell Cannaday to make up the deficit, but he said he isn’t calling the race yet.
“I don’t want to call anything until I see the first set of precincts come in,” McPike said.
Asked why the sheriff is doing so well, McPike credited quality Democratic candidates up and down the ballot, including Barack Obama. McPike said he never bought into the idea that people would vote straight Democratic tickets but cross over in the sheriff’s race.
“While The Morning News may take its shots at the sheriff, there aren’t enough subscribers to the Morning News to win an election in Dallas County,” McPike said.