Brown concedes to Eckhardt in Travis County judge race

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — With all non-provisional ballots counted in the race for the Democratic nomination for county judge, former Travis County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt held a 10 percent lead over former Travis County Democratic Party Chair Andy.

Brown called to concede around midnight.

“She will be a great county judge and I encourage everyone to support her,” he said.

Eckhardt had a 55 percent to 45 percent lead over Brown after the unofficial votes were tallied.

The two were vying for longtime incumbent Sam Biscoe’s seat.

Earlier Coverage:
Because of inclement weather, polling locations were kept open until 9 p.m. in Travis County. Ballots cast after 7 p.m., but before the polls closed, were provisional, in accordance with Texas election laws. The votes will be included in the final tally, but results from the provisional ballots may not be ready until Thursday evening, the Travis County Clerk’s Office said.

Tuesday, both candidates and their supporters were still hot on the campaign trail.

Brown’s team was in and out of his east Austin headquarters knocking on doors, making phone calls late into the evening with polls staying open until 9 p.m.

Eckhardt and her supporters were gathered for a watch party at Whisler’s on East 6th Street. Their day was much like Brown’s team. They went door to door Tuesday, and volunteers made phone calls throughout the day until polls closed.

Eckhardt served as County Commissioner for Precinct 2. She would be the first woman to serve as Travis County Judge if elected.

Over the weekend prior to Election Day, KXAN caught up with Eckhardt and Brown as they made the final push.

Brown touted his promises to reduce property taxes for senior citizens and people with disabilities, among other campaign promises.

“I’m a big fan of water conservation; doing more for water conservation here in Travis County,” Brown said. “We’re trying to get the message out that if people want to do more about water conservation, they should get out and vote on Tuesday.”

Eckhardt says her time in office as Travis County Public Official puts her ahead of the competition.

“I have more experience and will be able to run a Travis County Government that puts the needs of the many above the demands of the few,” Eckhardt said.

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