With about 82 percent of the vote counted throughout Travis County, Democratic candidate for Texas House District 47 Vikki Goodwin has apparently pulled off an upset victory over incumbent Republican Paul D. Workman.
Speaking over the phone Tuesday night, Goodwin said though the race hadn’t officially been called, she felt the numbers would most likely stay in her favor. Goodwin also said she had not yet heard from Workman.
Provided the numbers hold for Goodwin, the candidate said she was eager to begin working for the constituents of District 47.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “I look forward to working in the Texas house with the Travis County delegation. We have a lot of work to do on healthcare reform, traffic issues and school finance reform.”
At last tally, Goodwin had garnered 53,895 votes, or 52.35 percent, to Workman’s 49,055 votes.
The Travis County Democratic Party issued a press release at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night declaring victory for Goodwin and several other Democratic candidates, including Third Court of Appeals candidates Gisela Triana and Chari Kelly, and Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 candidate Sylvia Holmes.
“Thanks to the efforts of the Democratic Party, elected officials, progressive community organizations, candidates, precinct chairs and volunteers, Travis County achieved 94.5 percent voter registration, with 72.5 percent of voters voting straight-ticket for Democrats,” the release states.
Workman could not be reached for comment.