Final: District 31 U.S. House race heads to Democratic runoff; Rep. Carter takes Republican ticket

The 31st congressional district covers Williamson County and most of Bell County. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
The 31st congressional district covers Williamson County and most of Bell County. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

The 31st congressional district covers Williamson County and most of Bell County. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

Updated: March 4, 2:16 p.m.

With all Williamson and Bell counties' votes completely reported, incumbent Rep. Carter wins the Republican race with 82.27% of votes. Christine Eady Mann received 34.67% of Democratic votes, and Donna Imam received 30.69% of votes.

Carter will face either Mann or Imam in the November general election, dependent on the May primary runoff results.

Updated: 10:45 p.m.

U.S. Rep. John Carter will take the Republican ticket for his U.S. House seat with about 83% of votes. Democrats Christine Eady Mann and Donna Imam will see a May 26 runoff election. Mann, a Cedar Park doctor, received 21,192 votes (36%), and Imam, a computer engineer, received 18,043 votes (30%).

Williamson County is reporting 45 of 58 polling locations, and all 48 Bell County polling locations have partially reported, according to the counties.

Results will be updated March 4.

Original post: 8:13 p.m.

In early voting numbers, incumbent U.S. Rep. John Carter leads among three other Republican candidates in Texas' 31st congressional district race. Among the six democratic nominees, Christine Mann leads with 13,559 votes (39%) ahead of Donna Imam with 10,536 votes (31%).

Democratic candidates include Michael Edward Grimes, Eric Hanke, Donna Imam, Dan Janjigian, Christine Eady Mann and Tammy Young. Republican candidates include Rep. John Carter, Abhiram Garapati, Christopher Wall and Mike Williams.

Without at least 50% of votes, the two top candidates will face-off on May 26.

In 2018, Carter narrowly won with 50.6% of votes with 50.6% of votes against democratic candidate Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar with 47.7%. Hegar is now running in the 2020 senate race against U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R).

Since 2003, Carter has represented the 31st district, which includes Williamson County and most of Bell County. He has won with at least 50.6% of votes in each general election with 2018 as his lowest election total.

Before taking office, Carter served as a Williamson County judge for 20 years, the Round Rock Municipal Judge and had a private law practice.

Carter’s campaign has raised $1.11 million as of the Feb. 12 filing deadline, according to Federal Election Commissions records. Imam raised $227,631.82, and Mann raised $198,783.11.

In Bell County, voter turnout was 20.25%, and in Williamson County, voter turnout was 29.7%, according to the counties.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. Taylor has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.


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