Live Blog: Daugherty, Holmes Neck-and-Neck in Precinct 3; Moore, Hernandez Declare Victories
Travis County voters are deciding the races for district attorney and sheriff tonight. KUT and the Austin Monitor will be updating this post with all the latest on the returns.
11:46 p.m. – With 86 percent of Election Day votes in, the race for Precinct 3's seat on the Travis County Commissioners Court is still too close to call, but incumbent Gerald Daugherty still holds a slim lead over David Holmes; Daugherty's got 51.49 percent lead over Holmes' 48.5 percent – with a little over 4,300 votes separating the two.
At the Travis County GOP's watch party, KUT's Mose Buchele spoke with James Dickey, the party's county chair, about a possible Trump victory in the presidential race. Dickey admitted that the candidate wasn't his first choice, but he said the candidate has "consistently surprised people" and that he hopes Trump continues to do so.
10:15 p.m. – Democratic candidate for Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore and Democratic candidate for Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez have both declared victory in their races.
Moore and Hernandez gave a joint victory speech at Travis County Democratic Party's watch party at the Driskill Hotel.
"I think it's a pretty good night to be a female candidate in Travis County, Texas." @ElectMargaret to @SallyForSheriff @KUT #txdecides— Syeda Hasan (@syedareports) November 9, 2016
With all early voting totals 37 percent of Travis County Election Day votes counted, Hernandez's lead hovers near 62 percent, compared to Republican Joe Hernandez's 37 percent, Libertarian Eric Guerra's 4 percent and Green Party candidate's Debbie Russell's 3 percent.
So far, Moore has garnered 67 percent, compared Republican competitor Maura Phelan's 33 percent.
Meanwhile, the race for Travis County Commissioners Court Precinct 3 is still close. Incumbent Gerald Daugherty leads with 50.7 percent of the vote, compared to challenger David Holmes' 49.3 percent, with 37 percent of Election Day votes counted.
In Place 1, Jeff Travillion still leads comfortably with 70 percent of the vote, compared to Pat McCord's 24 percent and Ashley "Flashe" Gordon's 6 percent.
Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant told KUT's Syeda Hasan he's been surprised by turnout this year.
TravCo Voter Registrar Bruce Enfant talks record voter turnout @KUT #txdecides pic.twitter.com/8ZwmqKb2gq — Syeda Hasan (@KUTsyeda) November 9, 2016
7:32 p.m. – Countywide, Democrat Margaret Moore has a large lead over Republican Maura Phelan in the race for District Attorney – 67 percent to Phelan's nearly 33 percent with 344,158 votes counted.
Democrat Sally Hernandez has a substantial lead over her three competitors, with 62 percent of the vote, of the 353,499 votes counted. Republican Joe Martinez has 30.7 percent of the vote, while Libertarian Eric Guerra has just over 4 percent of the vote and Green Party candidate Debbie Russell garnered nearly 3 percent.
The race for Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 3 could be decided late. Incumbent Gerald Daugherty is up only 393 votes.
A democrat won this seat in 2008. Daugherty won the seat in 2012 on the promise that he would get State Highway 45 Southwest built. Construction on the toll road is set to begin this week, according to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
Gerald Daugherty garnered 60, 921 votes, with 50.16 percent and Democrat David Holmes has 60, 528 votes, 49.84 percent.
In Precinct 1, Jeff Travillion is up after the early voting results. The Democrat has a 70 percent to 24 percent advantage over his Republican opponent, Pat McCord. The Green Party candidate, Ashley “Flashe” Gordon has garnered 5 percent of the vote with 98,877 votes counted.