Houston mayoral race heads for December runoff

By Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor, Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor, Andy Cerota - Anchor/Reporter
KPRC

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (left) and mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee (right) speak to supporters in Houston on Nov. 5, 2019.

HOUSTON - Despite holding an 18 point lead over his closest opponent Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will face a runoff against Tony Buzbee in December.

Nearly 12 hours after the polls closed, the Harris County Clerk's Office released unofficial election results of 754 of the 757 voting centers in the county.

Though Turner holds the lead at 46%, he does not have the 50% plus one vote required to prevent a runoff. 

Here are the results for the race, which includes numbers from Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties.

 

On Wednesday, both Buzbee and Turner said they were feeling hopeful about the Dec. 14 rematch.

"We are back at it today," Turner said. "We will be out there continuing to seel our case to the people."

"I can tell you, my faith in Houston has been restored," Buzbee said.

Neither candidate has said how much money they plan to spend on campaigning between now and the runoff.

Buzbee funded his campaign himself, spending nearly $10 million of his own money.

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