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Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra easily wins re-election

Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra demolished Republican challenger Albert "Al" Perez on Tuesday.

Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra demolished Republican challenger Albert "Al" Perez on Tuesday.

With 251 of 255 precincts reporting, Guerra won nearly 74 percent of 165,000 ballots cast, according to preliminary results published by the Hidalgo County Elections Department at 10:34 p.m.

The rematch between Guerra and Perez -- who both ran for Hidalgo County's top law enforcement job in November 2014 -- wasn't much of a race.

Perez spent about $8,800 between Jan. 16 and Oct. 30, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Elections Department. He attracted scant support.

During roughly the same period, Guerra spent 12 times the money.

Guerra spent about $111,000 from Jan. 1 to Oct. 29, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Elections Department.

The Commissioners Court appointed Guerra to Hidalgo County's top law enforcement job after Sheriff Guadalupe "Lupe" Treviño resigned in March 2014.

Treviño later pleaded guilty to accepting money from a drug trafficker.

Campaigning with the slogan "raising the standard," Guerra won a special election in November 2014 and served the remainder of Treviño's term.

He'll now serve a full four-year term.

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