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Challenger Takes 4400-vote Lead in Runoff

Photo by Katrina Tollin for KUT News
Kathie Tovo speaks to supporters in downtown Austin Saturday night, as runoff election results show her with an 11-percent lead over incumbent Randi Shade

Kathie Tovo still holds a commanding lead over incumbent Randi Shade in the latest runoff election results.

With 60.77%t of the Election Day ballots counted, Tovo continues to have a 56-44 percent lead over Shade for Place Three on the Austin city council. Tovo has 20,297 votes. Shade has 15,893 votes.

The race became contentious, with each side trading barbs about public safety funding, city support for Formula One racing and election law violations 33 days since the city general election.