As tonight is Lights in the Heights, I will be paying attention to things other than election results this evening. Assuming you’re not at an election night party, you can follow results as they are posted here or on the interwebs in various places like Mayoral Musings, Houston Politics, KHOU, and on Twitter via the #houmayor hashtag. As I will be only periodically online this evening, please use this as an open thread to post whatever observations you’ve got. I’ll add in results as I can.
UPDATE: Early results are in:
Parker – 33,945 votes, 50.99%
Locke – 32,623 votes, 49.01%
Gonna be a long night. Ronald Green leads MJ Khan by 53.13-46.87%, Jolanda Jones and Sue Lovell also lead by similar amounts, while Karen Derr has a less than 500 vote lead on Stephen Costello.
UPDATE: 99 of 738 Harris County precincts are in. Adding in Fort Bend early results.
Parker – 40,890
Locke – 38,994
No clue about Montgomery. Slow, slow slow…
UPDATE: 256 of 738 Harris County precincts reporting, Fort Bend all in:
Parker – 53,174
Locke – 50,162
FB turnout in November, 2780. FB turnout in December, 2932. Don’t think that’s gonna do it for Locke, but as yet I’ve no idea which precincts in Harris have reported, so who knows. Still no clue about Montgomery.
UPDATE: 317 of 738 Harris County precincts reporting:
Parker – 57,875
Locke – 54,006
Parker’s election day lead in Harris is 55.75% to 44.25%. Sure wish I knew which precincts were in.
UPDATE: Coming in a bit faster now. 389 precincts in Harris County reporting:
Parker – 62,684
Locke – 57,939
Parker leads Harris County by a 53%-47% margin.
UPDATE: 497 Harris County precincts reporting. Here are all the citywide results so far:
Parker – 71,326
Locke – 64,076
Green – 65,192
Khan – 60,594
Costello – 58,690
Derr – 55,020
Lovell – 60,310
Burks – 50,694
Jones – 61,471
Christie – 58,647
The difference between Andrew Burks and a candidate with a real base of support can be seen in the Fort Bend results. Locke, Green, and Jones all won Fort Bend by 2000+ votes. Burks won it by 1004 votes. Not that it would matter, but I thought it was interesting anyway.
UPDATE: It’s over. All precincts are in, Locke has conceded, Annise Parker has been elected Mayor of Houston. Hot damn! Read her statement here. My congratulations to Team Parker for a job well done, and my thanks to Gene Locke for his service to Houston and his gracious concession speech.