HOUSTON — The 2019 mayoral race has resulted in a runoff after incumbent Sylvester Turner came short with only 46% of the vote. He will go up against formidable candidate Tony Buzbee, who secured 29% of the votes, in December.
“I’m feeling very good, early voting numbers were very positive,” Turners said at last night’s watch party. “Today, there was a spike in the voter turnout, which is very good.”
Turners said he’s going to continue to trust the voters and the numbers, which he feels are solid. In order to avoid a run-off election in December, the candidate needed more than 50% of the vote.
Despite early election results suggesting a loss, Buzbee never lost hope and motivated his supporters with a fiery speech during the late-night hours of Tuesday’s watch party.
“I announced that we could do better, that we’re at a crossroads,” Buzbee said. “Are we going to be the city that we could be, the city that we know we should be, the city that we all expect we could be.”
Turner and Buzbee took a far lead ahead hopefuls Bill King, who secured 14%, and Dwight A. Boykins, who is at 6%.
The Harris County Clerk's Office had to shift gears just days before the elections, upending its plan to expedite the counting process and leading to major delays in the results being reported.
The office initially planned to have votes come in from 10 countywide drop-off locations and then fed in through a secured intranet site. However, Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs issued a new regulation Oct. 23 requiring the ballot box memory cards be escorted in-person by law enforcement to the central counting station.
The CW39 Houston will continue to follow the election results throughout the day, but click here for the latest results posted by the clerk's office.