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Cole Beats Vela For The Democratic Nomination To Fill Dukes' House Seat In November

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon
Sheryl Cole greets supporters at an election night watch party at Hoover's in East Austin on Tuesday.

The Texas Tribune has called the Democratic primary runoff for House District 46 race forSheryl Cole. The former Austin mayor pro-tem held a close lead throughout the night. But her opponent, immigration attorneyChito Vela, couldn’t overcome a 400-vote deficit from early voting totals.

The district includes parts of East Austin, Manor and Pflugerville.

"We have got to get in there and we have got to fight and we’ve got to put together new coalitions so that we can deliver actual results to this district and all of Travis County, Manor and Pflugerville," Cole said at an election night watch party at Hoover's Cooking.

She also mentioned she'd work to represent the Latino community of East Austin.

"And I want that population to know," she said, "that as we say in the black community, ‘We feel ya and I got ya."'

Cole will face Republican Gabriel Nila and Libertarian Kevin Ludlow in November.

Also in Central Texas:

In House District 45:Erin Zwiener came back from an early vote deficit to defeat Rebecca Bell-Metereau. Zwiener will challenge Republican Ken Strange this fall.

In House District 47: Vikki Goodwin easily defeated Elaina Fowler for the Democratic nomination. Goodwin now faces incumbent Republican Paul Workman in November to represent the West Travis County district.

Ben Philpott is the Managing Editor for KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @BenPhilpottKUT.
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