By Anthony Scott
Killeen Daily Herald
Three incumbent state and national officials serving the Killeen area will return to office, according to Tuesday night's unofficial election returns.
U.S Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, snagged his fifth term in Congress, as state Reps. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, won his third term and Ralph Sheffield, R-Temple, claimed his second term.
Carter beat out Libertarian Party nominee Bill Oliver of Temple.
Carter won with 102,094 votes or 83.1 percent to Oliver's 20,758 votes or 16.9 percent with 165 of 239 precincts reporting in District 31.
The district includes Bell, Coryell, Erath, Falls, Hamilton and Milam counties and parts of Robertson and Williamson counties.
Incumbent state Reps. Aycock and Sheffield both garnered enough votes to retake Districts 54 and 55, respectively.
Sheffield beat out Libertarian Candidate Penny Hendrix, taking 23,369 votes, or 81.1 percent. Hendrix received 5,438 votes, or 18.9 percent with 32 of 34 precincts reporting.
District 55 includes part of Bell County, while District 54 includes parts of Lampasas, Burnet and Bell counties.
Aycock ran uncontested in District 54, with 8,011 votes cast.
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