Follow Election Day live: Get results for Central Texas races

At Zilker Elementary school the line was long as the doors open promptly at 7a as the polls open across Central Texas as voters cast their ballots in the primary elections Tuesday morning March 1, 2016. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

At Zilker Elementary School the line was long as the polls open at 7 a.m. Voters across Central Texas cast their ballots in the primary elections Tuesday morning March 1, 2016.

March 2 12:10 a.m. update: Shortly after midnight, the Travis County Clerk’s office released final voting results for Tuesday’s election.

With 100 percent of polling places reporting, Margaret Moore dominated the Democratic race for Travis County District attorney 60 to 34 percent over her main opponent Gary Cobb. The third candidate in the race, Rick Reed, effectively dropped out earlier in the day, telling his followers to vote for Moore instead through a Facebook post.

Constable Sally Hernandez avoided a runoff election in the Democratic race for Travis County Sheriff, holding on to 51 percent of the vote.

Gina Hinojosa handily and surprisingly cleaned up a field of 7 candidates to win the Democratic race for House District 49 winning 58 percent of the vote.

A runoff election is set in the Democratic race for Travis County Precinct 1 Commissioner. Jeff Travillion garnered 42 percent of the votes in the Democratic primary race, but failed to earn the necessary majority to avoid a runoff.

Arthur Sampson, who trailed James Nortey early, shortened and overcame Nortey’s lead as the night unfolded. In the end, only 138 votes separated the two candidates. Sampson will face Travillion in a runoff.

In the Republican race for Travis County Precinct 3, incumbent Gerald Daugherty trounced challenger Jason Nassour by a vote of 71 percent to 29 percent. Daugherty will face Democrat David Holmes in the November general election for the seat in the traditionally Republican precinct.

Tamara Needles unseated incumbent Jim Coronado for the judicial seat in the 427th District Court, beating him by 20 percentage points. In another hotly contested judicial race, Brad Urrutia bested Chantal Eldridge by a vote of 54 to 47 percent. In the race for 345th District Court, Jan Soifer easily defeated Melissa Mather by a vote of 57 to 43 percent.

11:05 p.m. update: Minutes after front-runner Margaret Moore left her own election party before she could claim victory in the Democratic race for Travis County District Attorney, her main opponent Gary Cobb acknowledged defeat.

Cobb told Statesman reporter Andra Lim, he was not officially conceding but that he knew the race was over.

11 p.m. update: It’s her party and she’ll leave if she wants to. Margaret Moore, the dominant front-runner in tonight’s Travis County District Attorney’s race, has left her own viewing party before her main opponent Gary Cobb has conceded.

At last check, Moore was leading Cobb 60-34 percent with 58 percent of polling places reporting.

10: 50 p.m. update: Will Conley has won the Republican primary for Hays County Precinct 3 Commissioner. The three-term incumbent won 82 percent of the vote Tuesday night and will likely win a fourth term in November because no Democrats are currently running for the office.

For more on this race, click here.

10:45 p.m. update: Gary Cobb may not be ready to concede the race for Travis County District Attorney, but front-runner Margaret Moore’s team seem ready to call it an election.

The Statesman’s Sean Collins Walsh is at Moore’s election party and just saw Moore’s campaign manager walk out the door.

10:35 p.m. update: With 58 percent of polling places reporting, the Democratic race for the Travis County Precinct 1 Commissioner is turning into a race for second place.

Jeff Travillion has a dominant lead with 43 percent of the vote, but with low voter turnout in the precinct and Travillion not gaining enough traction to reach a majority of the vote, a runoff may be in the works.

Earlier in the night, James Nortey was holding on to second place with a slight two point lead over Arthur Sampson. But as results have continued to roll in, Sampson has overtaken Nortey and is slightly edging him out by a fraction of a percent. Sampson currently stands at 18.26 percent with Nortey close behind at 18.2 percent.

10:15 p.m. update: A defiant Gary Cobb continues to refuse to concede the Travis County District Attorney race. With 40 percent of polling places, Cobb’s main opponent Margaret Moore leads the polls with 60 percent of the counted votes. Cobb lingers in second at 34 percent.

But at his watch party, Cobb is still holding out. Here are some reports from the Statesman’s Andra Lim.

On a separate note, Cobb cannot claim responsibility for the fantastic playlist at his party.

10:05 p.m. update: With 33 percent of polling places reporting in Travis County, Constable Sally Hernandez is inching closer to securing a majority in the Democratic primary, which would avoid a runoff.

She told the Statesman’s Philip Jankowski that she felt “very good about the numbers” and was “excited and anxious to see the rest of the votes come in.”

For more, read Jankowski’s latest update here.

9:40 p.m. update: We’ve got 12 percent of Travis County polling places reporting now and only some slight movement in the races we have already reported.

But election results from Bastrop County are now rolling in and in early results Maurice Cook leads the crowded Republican race for sheriff.

For more information on this race, click here.

9:20 p.m. update: With 8 of 190 polling places reporting in Travis County here are some initial reports from our Statesman team.

9:15 p.m. update: Here’s the good news: voting in Travis County finally wrapped up around 9 p.m. – two hours after polls were supposed to close, according to county officials.

The bad news? The vote counting is just beginning. So we may be here a while trying to dissect the results.

Dana DeBeauvoir, the Travis County Clerk, told the Statesman’s Ben Wear that a first count of election day results would be coming soon.

8:20 p.m. update: Gary Cobb said at his watch party that he would leave the district attorney’s office if he loses tonight’s race.

For more reporting on this click here…

8:15 p.m. update: Looks like it’s going to be a long night. The Travis County Clerk’s office told the Austin American-Statesman at 8 p.m. that it still has lingering lines at all or most of its 190 polling stations.

8:12 p.m. update: Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Hillary Clinton are projected to win the Texas presidential primaries.

8:10 p.m. update: Austin American-Statesman reporter Andra Lim is at the Gary Cobb watch party, who is down big in early voting results. Here’s her feed from the event.

8 p.m. update: For closer coverage of the presidential primaries, follow our Super Tuesday live blog.

7:55  p.m. update: Incumbent Gary Cutler has the early lead in the Republican primary for Hays County Sheriff. Cutler has 67 percent of the votes so far compared to Tommy Ratliff’s 33 percent.

The two men are long-time political rivals and this is the third time they will face off in an election. Cutler has won the last two times.

The Republican winner will face off against Democrat Rodrigo Amaya in November’s general election.

7:30 p.m. update: The Travis County Clerk’s office has released early voting results. Here are some of the early numbers.

Sally Hernandez leads a crowded field in the Democratic primary for Travis County Sheriff. With about 51,000 votes counted, Hernandez has received 48.75 percent of the vote. Lakeway police chief Todd Radford follows her at 21.98 percent and Sgt. Don Rios of the Travis County Sheriff’s office is a close third at 19.6 percent.

Margaret Moore is leading the three-candidate field in the Travis County District Attorney race with 60.99 percent of the vote. Around 49,600 votes have been counted in this race. Gary Cobb, who appeared to be the clear front runner before November when an Austin American-Statesman story revealed he had a court-ordered debt to his ex-wife, had earned 33.04 percent of the vote.

On Tuesday, the third candidate in the race, Rick Reed, abruptly urged his supporters to vote for Moore. He had still picked up 6 percent of the vote.

Jeff Travillion has jumped out ahead in the Democratic race for the Travis County Precinct 1 Commissioner winning 45 percent of the nearly 10,000 votes that have been counted. James Nortey is in second with 20 percent followed closely by Arthur Sampson at 17 percent.

The Democratic winner will face Republican Pat McCord in the general election for the Precinct 1 chair on the commissioner’s court.

Incumbent Gerald Daugherty is leading challenger Jason Nassour by a 3-to-1 count in early voting results in the Republican primary for the Travis County Precinct 3 Commissioner race. About 12,300 votes have been counted in that race.

The Republican winner will face Democrat Dave Holmes in the general election.

In the race for the 450th District Court, Brad Urrutia has a 9 point lead in early results over Chantal Eldridge, who has garnered 45 percent of the vote. About 48,500 votes have been cast in that race.

Tamara Needles has a big lead in early results over incumbent Jim Coronado in the race for the 427th District Court. Needles has 58 percent of the vote compared to 42 percent for Coronado. About 48,600 votes have been counted in this race.

In the crowded Democratic race for House District 49, Gina Hinojosa leads the field of seven candidates with 55.4 percent of the vote. Heather Way is her closest competitor with 19.16 percent of the vote and Huey Rey Fischer follows in third with 15.42 percent. About 13,640 votes have been counted in that race.


In the Williamson County District Attorney race, challenger Shawn Dick is leading incumbent Jana Duty. In early results, Dick has 58 percent of the vote to Duty’s 42.

6:50 p.m update: Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty wants to make it clear that her home is private property, especially to the news media.

Fox 7 reporter, Elizabeth Saab posted this picture from outside of Duty’s house.

Duty, who served a 10-day jail sentence in August for a contempt of court charge for violating a gag order,  is facing a challenge from Georgetown attorney Shawn Dick in tonight’s Republican primary. Dick said the contempt of court charge partially led him to enter the race.

6: 40 p.m. update: We’re 20 minutes away from polls closing and it seems that a lot of Austinites are still stuck in line waiting to vote. Hang in there.

As Statesman reporter reminds us, if you’re in line by 7 p.m. you should be allowed to vote.

Also, a great time to check out FOMOAtx, which says it has created a website that tracks which polling places have long lines and which are easier to get in and out of.

6:15 p.m. update: Polling places close in less than an hour. If you’re still in line, here are quick recaps of some of the most hotly contested local races that you can watch while in line and waiting to vote.

5:30 p.m. update: The Travis County Clerk’s website started the day off with technical difficulties, leading to complaints and long lines. The clerk’s office tweeted that it was experiencing slow loading because of high use. But some users reported not seeing the site load at all.

The technical issues persisted, which led the clerk’s office to come up with creative solutions. The office created a Google Map to direct people to their nearest voting location.

Even the private sector got involved. FomoATX, a smartphone application created to help navigate long lines at the South by Southwest Music Festival, created a website that let users know which polling places had long lines and which were relatively quick to get through. Voters in Travis County can vote at any polling place in the county.

The lines were so serious that Mayor Steve Adler felt compelled to jump into action. Around noon he tweeted:

Still, the polling place troubles do not seem to have deterred Travis County voters. The county is projecting a turnout of between 110,000 and 130,000 across its 190 polling places, which easily eclipse the turnout during the 2012 presidential primary, which saw only 48,000 total voters.

earlier: Hi! And welcome to the Austin American-Statesman’s live-blog of the Texas and Travis County primary elections.

Throughout the night, we’ll be updating this feed with the latest news from the campaign trail. Check back in here for updates on what early results are telling us and some sights and sounds from the field, as well as the occasional video summarizing what happens as the night unfolds.

We aim to keep you updated on everything from local elections to the presidential primaries. Stay tuned.


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