Eckhardt, Rodriguez appear headed to runoff in race to replace Watson

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July 14, 2020 - 10:02 pm
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AUSTIN ( -- Former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt led all challengers in Tuesday's battle for Texas Senate District 14, but the race is likely headed towards a runoff with fellow Democrat state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez.

With 100% of election night returns reported, Eckhardt was leading the six candidate field with 49.66% of the vote, followed by Rodriguez with 33.84% of the vote. Republican Don Zimmerman was third with 13.04% of the vote.

The special election had originally been set for May 2, but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Former state Sen. Kirk Watson retired at the end of April to become the first dean of the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs.

In order to avoid a runoff election, Eckhardt would need to have just over 50% of the vote when all of the ballots are counted. Any mail-in ballots that were postmarked on election day will be counted if they're received by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The eventual winner will serve the remainder of Watson's term, running through 2022.

District 14 covers all of Bastrop County, most of the City of Austin, and the northern two-thirds of Travis County.

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