Rene Williams

Webster County Circuit Court Judge Rene Williams performed well at the polls in Webster County on Tuesday, outscoring her nearest competitor 415 to 119 in election day vote tallies in her bid to secure a nomination for 1st Appellate District Court of Appeals judge. That total, however, does not count any absentee or early voting totals, which will not be released until Monday.

The top two vote getters in the race will face each other in the General Election in November.

Judge Williams (415) led the other three candidates in her race, all of which are lawyers from the Paducah area. Chris McNeill was second with 119 votes, followed by Jimmy Hines with 38 and J.R. “Jason” Coltharp who got just 22 votes in Webster County on Tuesday.

McNeill is currently filling the position after being appointed as interim justice by Governor Andy Beshear.

In Hopkins County, McNeill led election day voting with 2,388 votes, followed by Williams with 1,890 and Hines with 1,848.

The results from Graves County showed McNiell leading with 593 votes, followed by Hines with 463 and Coltharp with 432.

The J-E will update vote tallies from more counties in the district as they become available. The full results are expected to be released by the county clerks on Monday (Webster) and Tuesday.