Rick Kennedy facing potential runoff as early lead over field in Democratic primary for U.S. House District 17 contest shrinks

Voting location at North Austin YMCA
Polls opened at 7 a.m. for voters in Travis and Williamson counties. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Polls opened at 7 a.m. for voters in Travis and Williamson counties. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

UPDATE 10:26 P.M.

Rick Kennedy continues to lead all Democratic candidates in the U.S. House District 31 primary race, though his overall share of votes has thinned to 50.94%

This means Kennedy could face a potential runoff election on May 26. Currently, David Anthony Jaramillo trails with 30.48% of the vote. If no candidate earns 50% or more of the vote, the Democratic candidate will be decided in a runoff election.

William Foster III continues to trail both candidates with 18.58% of the vote.

UPDATE 8:42 P.M.


Unofficial vote counts from the Texas Secretary of State show Rick Kennedy maintaining a lead with 5,290 votes, or 54.14% of all ballots cast. David Anthony Jaramillo trails Kennedy with 28.96% of the post.

ORIGINAL POST

Early voting returns from Travis County shows Rick Kennedy is leading Democratic candidates in the race for the U.S. House District 31 primary.

Kennedy has 4,104 total votes from early voting returns, good for a 50.24% share of the race. David Anthony Jaramillo and William Foster III have earned 36.62% and 13.14% of early voting returns, respectively.

The District 17 seat is open for the first time in a decade, after sitting Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, announced on Sept. 4 that he would not seek re-election in 2020. Flores was first elected to the U.S. Congress in November 2010.

Totals from ballots cast on March 3 have yet to be released. Polls closed at 7 p.m., though voters who were in line at 7 p.m. were still able to cast ballots. Community Impact Newspaper will update this article as more Primary Election Day vote totals come in.

Should no candidate in the March 3 election gain 50% or more of the total vote, a runoff election will take place May 26.

All vote counts are unofficial until canvassed.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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