ORIGINAL STORY: With nearly 19,000 ballots cast during early voting, District 10 incumbent Alison Alter has a slim lead over challenger Jennifer Virden in their battle for the West Austin City Council seat.
Alter's 51% to 49% early voting lead over Virden represents only 373 votes. Election Day totals have yet to be posted after polls closed at 7 p.m.
The candidates were the top two finishers in the seven-candidate crowd in the November general election for the District 10 City Council seat. Alter's 34.2% share of the 45,433 votes cast in the district race led the pack, with Virden's 25.4% trailing closest behind. A runoff election was triggered as neither candidate rose above the required 50% vote share.
Virden has run her campaign to Alter's right on local policies, namely City Council's effort to reduce police funding over the summer, and its 2019 decision to decriminalize homelessness, allowing those experiencing homelessness to camp in public. Alter's campaign has aligned Virden with President Donald J. Trump.
The runoff election is District 10's third consecutive since the City Council switched to a geographical system of representation in 2014. Alter earned her seat in a runoff election in 2016 against then-incumbent Sheri Gallo.
This story will be updated as results are posted throughout the night of Dec. 15. All results are unofficial until canvassed.