Democrat, GOP races in U.S. House District 17 primaries both head to runoff elections

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Vote machines sit at the ready in Travis County before residents come to vote for the 2020 Texas primaries. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Vote machines sit at the ready in Travis County before residents come to vote for the 2020 Texas primaries. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

A May 26 runoff election will decide who faces off in November for the U.S. House District 17 seat after all Democrat and Republican candidates failed to earn more than 50% of the vote in their respective primaries.

With 98% of statewide polling locations reporting, Rick Kennedy and David Anthony Jaramillo will face each other in the Democratic party runoff. Kennedy was polling over 50% heading into the late night March 3, but his vote totals dipped below the 50% benchmark as more poll results became available in the early morning.

In the GOP, a runoff will decide who between Pete Sessions and Renée Swan goes to the ballot in November. The pair emerged from a crowded field of 12 candidates in the Republican primary.

Candidate George Hindman gained the most Republican votes in Travis County, but the push was not enough to get him into the runoff election. Hindman polled 10% lower in all other counties in District 17 than he did in Travis County, according to vote results from the Texas Secretary of State.

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

All vote totals 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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