It’s gonna be a long night…Here are the early vote results from Harris County.
Candidate Votes Pct ========================= Locke 17,183 28.76 Parker 17,169 28.74 Brown 15,387 25.75 Morales 9,451 15.82 Green 19,389 39.97 Holm 16,939 32.26 Khan 15,631 29.77
That’s Harris County early and absentee votes only. Fort Bend is here, though there are fewer than 1000 votes out there.
In the Council elections, Stephen Costello and Karen Derr lead in At Large #1, CO Bradford has a huge lead, enough to win tonight, in #4, Sue Lovell is just below 50% in #2, and Jolanda Jones is leading but under 45% in #5, with Jack Christie about ten points behind her. In the district races, Brenda Stardig and Lane Lewis lead in A, Al Hoang and Mike Laster lead in F, and Oliver Pennington is at about 57% in G. None of the district incumbents is in any danger.
Like I said, we could be here awhile. Buckle up and get ready. More to come as it comes in.
UPDATE: The race of the evening so far is in HCC District 3, where Diane Olmos Guzman leads Mary Ann Perez by one vote, 827 to 826. Can you say “RECOUNT”?
UPDATE: With 85 city precincts in, Parker takes the lead, and Brown falls back a bit. The Controller’s race and At Large #5 tighten up a bit.
UPDATE: With 173 of 734 Houston precincts reporting, the score in Harris County is:
Candidate Votes Pct ========================= Parker 24,117 29.65 Locke 21,715 26.70 Brown 19,983 24.57 Morales 14,712 18.10 Green 26,036 36.67 Holm 22,725 32.00 Khan 22,245 31.33
No new data in Fort Bend yet. Sue Lovell is a hair below 49%, Jolanda Jones is at 43 and change. Bradford and Pennington remain above 50%, other top contenders are the same, with Mike Laster catching up a bit on Al Hoang.
In that HCC race, Mary Ann Perez is now six – count ‘em! – votes ahead of Diane Olmos Guzman. Alma Lara has nudged over 50% in HISD I, while Larry Marshall has dropped a bit in HISD IX.
UPDATE: I should note that KHOU, our gracious hosts for this evening, has a really nice election returns page, which integrates the Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery County results for the city elections.
UPDATE: Nearly 37% of precincts are in, and Parker is up a bit more. Interestingly, as Martha pointed out on Twitter, Roy is running second on EDay votes alone. Weird. I just bet Bob Stein five bucks that Roy will not finish ahead of Brown. He made me give him three points, but I still think I’ll win.
UPDATE: 56% of the votes are in for Harris County, and Parker is over 30% there. However, Locke netted 1700 votes over her in Fort Bend, which makes it a bit closer for him. KHOU has her up by 5000 votes. Roy keeps doing well on EDay – could it have been the biker ad? He still trails Brown, but it’s close. Bob Stein just trash-talked me. MJ Khan is in second place in the Controller’s race by 45 votes. Alma Lara is down at 45%, and Anna Eastman up at 40%, in the HISD I race. Jolanda Jones keeps losing ground, while Sue Lovell is over 50% on EDay in Harris; she still may not break 50% overall, however, though she nipped Andrew Burks in Fort Bend.
UPDATE: We’re at about 75% of precincts in, and at this point I can’t see how it’s not Parker versus Locke in the runoff. The only suspense is the final margin, and whether or not I will owe Bob Stein $5. Oh, and whether MJ Khan, who currently leads Pam Holm by about 400 votes, holds on to get in to the runoff for Controller.