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On Election Night, five Austin City Council seats are up for grabs, and the fate of a $720 million transportation bond to address the city’s traffic problems will be determined. Across the Austin area, votes are also coming in for races in Travis, Hays, Bastrop and Williamson counties. Follow along as the American-Statesman blogs results and big stories from around Central Texas.

Polls in Travis County close at 7 p.m. If you’re still looking for information on where to vote, click here. In the meantime, we’ll bring you updates that we see throughout the day.

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(Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman)

(Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman)

12:30 a.m. update: It’s official. Delia Garza, Greg Casar and Leslie Pool have been re-elected to the Austin City Council. Sheri Gallo of District 10 will head into a runoff and Council Member Don Zimmerman of District 6 has been ousted by his challenger Jimmy Flannigan.

Gallo narrowly missed re-election. She won 48 percent of the vote but failed to gain a majority. She will face challenger Alison Alter who garnered 36 percent of the vote.

“Facing three challengers and tens of thousands of dollars in negative attacks for the past three months, tonight I am honored to be the clear leader in the race for District 10. We have a strong and commanding position in this field, and tomorrow we begin working twice as hard to win this runoff election on December 13,” Gallo said in a statement early Wednesday morning. “I have won a runoff before and I am totally confident I will win this runoff too.”

Austin voters approved a $720 million transportation bond by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent.

Garza, who made history when she became the first Latina elected to the council in 2014, has again made history by becoming the first Latina re-elected to the council in the city.

Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty eeked out a win in his race for Precinct 3 against challenger David Holmes. Daugherty, the sole conservative on the commissioner’s court, got 52 percent of the vote compared to 48 percent of the vote for Holmes, a Democrat.

Jeff Travillion easily won his election for Precinct 1 in the Travis County Commissioners Court, garnering 68 percent of the vote. Travillion will replace longtime commissioner Ron Davis.

Democrat Margaret Moore won the Travis County District Attorney race by a margin of almost 2-to-1 against Republican challenger Maura Phelan. She becomes the 20th consecutive Democratic district attorney in the county, going back to 1873.

Democrat Sally Hernandez also won the Travis County Sheriff election by a margin of 2-to-1 against Republican candidate Joe Martinez.

Correction: Sheri Gallo did not win re-election in Tuesday’s elections. She is headed into a run-off election against Alison Alter. 

12:06 a.m. update: The Travis County Clerk’s office will have final results for local elections within the next half hour, said Michael Winn, elections administrator for the office.

Winn said the delay in announcing the returns and the final results came because people voted until late Tuesday night. About 87,000 people voted in Travis County on Election Day. Including early voting, about 459,000 people voted in this year’s election.

-Reporting by Elizabeth Findell

midnight update: The presidential election may still be too close to call, but District 4 Councilman Greg Casar said Tuesday night that if a President Donald Trump came to visit Austin, he would not shake his hand. 

When asked, he simply responded: “No,” before recounting a story of a devastating phone call a constituent got at his election night party, earlier this evening. 

“I was at my [Election Night] party and I had a constituent get a phone call from his daughter crying… because she was watching the results, saying ‘are they going to take you away,” he said. “To me, I view being elected official as being supportive of movement work — labor movement work, civil rights movement work. Elected officials come and go and it’s clear to me, based on what’s happening tonight, the best thing I can do is to keep on supporting those movements.”

– Reporting by Nolan Hicks 

10:41 p.m. update: Jimmy Flannigan, who leads incumbent Donald Zimmerman in the race to represent District 6 in the Austin City Council, made an apparent nod to Hillary Clinton’s sinking chances to win the presidency in his victory speech.

“In Austin, we know how to get rid of The Donald,” he said, referring to his opponent, Zimmerman, but also making a reference to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who holds a surprising lead in the election Tuesday night.

Flannigan made the comments at the Travis County Democrats’ election party, where the mood had grown tense with Clinton’s plummet in the polls and Trump’s seeming path toward the presidency.

10 p.m. update: Margaret Moore and Sally Hernandez, the Democratic candidates for Travis County District Attorney and Sheriff, gave joint victory speeches, according to KUT reporter Syeda Hasan.

The two Democrats held commanding leads in the latest returns with Moore leading with 67 percent of the vote and Hernandez leading with 62 percent of the vote.

“I think it’s a pretty good night to be a female candidate in Travis County,” Moore said, according to Hasan.

8:55 p.m. update: Mayor Steve Adler declared victory for his $720 million transportation bond measure Tuesday night, telling the hundred-or-so supporters in a crowded back room of a downtown bar that the work has just begun.

“This is a magical place, but we’re only going to be able to maintain that if we actually do what needs to be done to deal with the challenges that we have and they are mobility and they are affordability and they’re linked,” Adler said. “Now, the work begins.”

He said the city would likely get to work first on the “safe routes” to schools and sidewalks, saying they were among the most “shovel-ready” projects.

8:45 p.m. update: The campaign of Don Zimmerman, the District 6 City Councilman, told the American-Statesman it sees “no way of overcoming the early voting” which showed Zimmerman trailing his challenger Jimmy Flannigan by 42 to 58 percent.

Zimmerman told KUT Austin he would “probably” make a concession speech.

Joe Martinez, the Republican candidate for Travis County sheriff, also seemed to give up on his race. After early returns showed him down by more than 30 percentage points, he told Community Impact Newspapers: “Looks like Mrs. Hernandez just won. It is what it is. The people have spoken, and I respect their honesty and their ability come out and vote.”

He told the American-Statesman he was not conceding but said he respected the voters’ choice.

8:30 p.m. update: It’s a tight race in the Travis County Precint 3 Commissioner’s election between incumbent Gerald Daugherty and challenger David Holmes.

Daugherty, the sole conservative in the commissioner’s court, leads with 50.16 percent of the vote with 121,449 votes counted. During his time on the court, Daugherty has focused on keeping spending tight, insisting on keeping the county’s tax rate near the effective tax rate and taking lower salaries than those adopted by the Commissioner’s Court.

8:20 p.m. update: We’ve still only seen early voting results in Travis County elections, but state senator and former Austin mayor Kirk Watson feels confident enough. He tweeted out a congratulatory note to Margaret Moore, the Democratic candidate in the Travis County District Attorney’s race.

Moore led her Republican opponent Maura Phalen by more than 30 percentage points in early voting returns.

8 p.m. update: Democrat Margaret Moore holds a commanding lead after early voting returns in the race to replace Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

Moore had garnered 64 percent of the early vote compared to Republican candidate Maura Phelan’s 33 percent. The last 20 Travis County District Attorneys have been Democrats. A Republican hasn’t won the office since 1873.

7:45 p.m update: Hillary Clinton had a commanding lead in Travis County early voting results, garnering 68 percent of the more than 360,000 early ballots that were cast. Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, won 27 percent of the early votes in the county.

7:40 p.m. update: Sally Hernandez, the Democratic candidate for Travis County Sheriff, has a big lead in early voting returns. She leads her nearest competitor, Republican Joe Martinez, by a margin of nearly 30 percentage points, according to the Travis County Clerk’s office.

Hernandez has 62 percent of the early vote. Martinez has 31 percent. The two are vying to be the first new sheriff in the county in 12 years after current sheriff Greg Hamilton steps down at the end of his term.

The sheriff’s office cooperation with federal immigration authorities has been a central issue in the race. Hernandez first promised to do away with all cooperation with immigration authorities, but adjusted her stance after winning the Democratic primary. Martinez, who had said he would consider doing away with the current policy of cooperation with ICE, later reversed his stance and said he’d more aggressively cooperate with immigration authorities.

7:20 p.m. update: Austin’s proposed $720 million transportation bond saw strong support in early voting returns Tuesday night. Nearly 60 percent of the approximately 247,000 counted ballots had voted in favor of the proposition.

Most of the Austin City Council incumbents also held steady leads. In District 2, incumbent Delia Garza had won 66 percent of the vote with about 11,000 votes counted. Her opponents Casey Ramos and Wesley Faulkner had garnered 18 and 15 percent of the vote respectively.

In District 4, incumbent Greg Casar led his race by 64 percent of the vote with more than 9,000 votes counted. Incumbent Leslie Pool of District 7 had a large lead over her challenger Natalie Gauldin with 73 percent of the vote in early returns. Sheri Gallo, the incumbent in District 10, had a more competitive race with three challengers but was still leading the charge with 47 percent of the vote from early returns.

The only incumbent trailing in his race was District 6 City Council member Don Zimmerman, who was trailing challenger Jimmy Flannigan 58 to 42 percent in early voting returns.

6:45 p.m. update: With high voter turnout this election day, many people may see long lines as they show up to vote as the 7 p.m. deadline nears. The current wait time at Travis County election sites, according to the county clerk’s office, is about 18 minutes, which would be after the deadline.

With that in mind, the #StayInLine hashtag has started trending on Twitter to inform would-be voters that they have a right to exercise their vote if they are in line by 7 p.m. Potential voters who feel they have been denied their vote can make complaints with their state or local officials and can also file a complaint with the Department of Justice.

5:30 p.m. update: With polls still open for another hour and a half, officials have announced that the combined voter turnout for Travis and Williamson County has surpassed 100,000.

One of those voters was Monica Irvin of Cedar Park, who said she had to pray over her who she would vote for in the presidential election. She had her reservations about Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, but ultimately decided to vote for her. Here’s her conversation with Statesman reporter Sean Collins Walsh.

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