UPDATE: Laura Morrison calls Steve Adler to concede Austin mayoral race

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Update 8:38 p.m.: Laura Morrison has conceded the mayoral race to Steve Adler after the incumbent Mayor of Austin took a 42-point lead in early voting.

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Incumbent Mayor Steve Adler has a 42-point lead over challenger and former Austin City Council Member Laura Morrison 61 percent to 19 percent according to the early voting results reported by the Travis County Clerk.

Travis Duncan, a former solar consultant with Tesla received 2 percent; writer and Vietnam veteran Alan Pease earned less than 1 percent; Marine Corps. veteran Gustavo “Gus” Peña took 10%; local musician and small business owner Todd Phelps earned 6% and pedicab driver received Alex Strenger received less than 1% of the vote.

In Travis County, 237,089 votes were cast in the mayoral election during early voting, up from 97,734 early votes in 2014. Williamson County cast 10,475 early votes in the race. Election day results will continue to come in throughout the evening.

The eventual winner of this year’s mayor’s race will take over only the second term since Austin City Council switched to the by-district representation system known as 10-1–in which 10 council members represent individual districts and the mayor is elected citywide.

The next mayor will have a full plate and will need to lead the city through myriad issues such as mounting affordability and housing crises, the need for a new land development code, continued mobility gridlock and a growing homelessness problem.

Stay up to date as Election Day results come in with our vote tracker.

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Christopher Neely
Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following two years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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