UPDATED: With nearly 60 percent of precincts reported, primary election returns show John Carter, Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar in the lead for US representative for District 31

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Updated at 10:31 p.m.

Hours after early voting numbers were released, John Carter and Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar are still in the lead to be in the running after the primaries to represent the 31st Congressional District.

At 10:11 p.m., Carter was ahead with 16,688 votes, or just more than 62 percent of votes counted so far. Trailing behind is Mike Sweeney, with 10,188 votes.

For the Democrats, Hegar still leads with 8,179 votes, or 44 percent of ballots counted. Behind her is Christine Eady Mann with 6,759 votes, Mike Clark with 2,192 and Kent Lester with 1,558.

Posted at 7:52 p.m.

John Carter has represented District 31 since 2003, but this year, five opponents are challenging his seat.

At 7 p.m., Carter was leading with 12,228 votes, or about 62 percent. His sole Republican challenger, Mike Sweeney, trailed with 7,435 votes.

Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar led the Democrats in the running for the 31st congressional district with 6,075 votes for nearly 43 percent. Christine Eady Mann had 5,093 for about 36 percent, followed by Mike Clark and Kent Lester with 1,681 and 1,075 votes, or about 12 and 8 percent, respectively.

All results are unofficial until canvassed. For more local primary election results and coverage, visit communityimpact.com/vote.

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