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More Travis County Races to Call

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While the writing’s on the wall in the Travis County D.A.’s race, it appears that’s not the only county race where early voting tells the tale.

In the race for Travis County Sheriff, incumbent Greg Hamilton handily leads challenger John Sisson in early voting, 71% (11,825) to 29% (4,799).

Sisson tried to make an issue out of Hamilton’s participation in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions at the jail.

The Texas Tribune wrote Hamilton’s office “compares the fingerprints of arrested individuals to a federal database to determine whether those individuals are eligible for deportation. If a person is found to be in violation, ICE requests that a detainer be placed on the individual for 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.” Sisson opposed to the program.

Another race that’s looks like it's locked up is the run for tax assessor-collector. Constable Bruce Elfant has wrapped up 72 percent (11,697) while longtime tax assessors' office employee Stanley J. Wilson is sitting at 28 percent (4,486). The Austin Chronicle reported on the behind-the-scenes in the race, including Wilson’s surprising use of a ghostly image of retiring tax assessor-collector Nelda Wells Spears in his ads.

There are a few other races that are a little closer. In the race for the open 167th District Judge seat, David Wahlberg leads Efrain De La Fuente 54 percent (8,856) to 46 percent (7,416).

And in the Democratic primary for Precinct 1 county commissioner, longtime incumbent Ron Davis is avoiding a run-off by holding off three challengers with 53 percent (1,889).

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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