Travis County Dems choose Sanders over Biden, Warren

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March 03, 2020 - 8:37 pm
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AUSTIN ( -- Joe Biden may have picked up a slight lead in the statewide results, but Travis County Democrats were clearly behind Bernie Sanders.

Final unofficial results from the March 3 primary show Sanders leading the field of presidential candidates with 37% of the vote, or 83,803 votes. Sanders led in both early voting and election day returns.

Joe Biden gained ground in election day returns, moving into second place with just over 23% of the vote. Elizabeth Warren, who was second in early voting totals, came in third with 22% of the vote.

Michael Bloomberg came in fourth in both early and election day results, with Pete Buttigieg coming in fifth. Only 213 votes were cast for Buttigieg on Election Day, two days after he suspended his campaign.

In the race to challenge incumbent John Cornyn in the U.S. Senate, Travis County voters picked MJ Hegar with 37% of the vote. Cristina Ramirez was in second, with just over 24%. Hegar will advance to a May runoff against State Sen. Royce West, who edged out Ramirez in the statewide results.

A total of 225,108 votes were cast in the Democratic primary - just over 27% of the county's registered voters. Another 42,196 ballots were cast in the Republican primary, representing 5% of the county's registered voters. 133,038 ballots were cast on Election Day, slightly more than the 123,834 cast during early voting.

That massive turnout on Election Day prompted a long night for elections officials, who didn't complete counting results until just after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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