Low Turnout, High Drama
The latest local election results tonight show turnout at 7.27%, but it was enough to send two incumbents back to the Austin City Council. The third incumbent appears headed to a runoff.
Chris Riley pulled 65% of the vote, with 100% of precincts counted, easily outdistancing three challengers for Place One. Laura Morrison hit 70% in the first printout tonight and only expanded her lead in the three-way race for Place Four. She finished with just shy of 73% of the vote.
Challenger Kathie Tovo jumped out to an early 10-point margin and continued to keep incumbent Randi Shade at arm's length throughout the evening. Tovo has 47% of the vote. Shade sits at 33%. Former council member Max Nofziger is drawing 14% of the vote, and Kris Bailey has almost 7%.
Because no one drew the needed simple majority of 50% plus one vote, it appears Tovo and Shade will face each other in a runoff election. That will be held Saturday, June 18.