Margaret Moore wins nomination for Travis Co. DA with large lead

Margaret Moore at her watch party (KXAN Photo/Blakely Galbraith)
Margaret Moore at her watch party (KXAN Photo/Blakely Galbraith)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The three-way Travis County district attorney race turned into a two-way race on Super Tuesday when Rick Reed threw his support behind Margaret Moore.

Final unofficial results received just after midnight show Moore with 59 percent of the vote. Gary Cobb, a Travis County assistant district attorney, came in second with 34 percent.

Moore told KXAN she was not expecting the gap to be so large.

“Heavens no, I was looking for a runoff,” said Moore. “I was prepared for a runoff.”

Reed only received about six percent of early votes.

A statement posted to his website Tuesday morning said even though his name was on the ballot, he voted for his “good friend.” He said he did it for two reasons: it was obvious he would not receive enough votes to advance to the runoff, and over the last couple of months he has gotten to know her well and is “firmly convinced that she [is] imminently qualified to serve as our next district attorney.”

While attending Moore’s watch party Tuesday night, he told KXAN he and his wife had been discussing the decision for the last week and a half after early polling indicted he didn’t have a prayer.

Cobb is not convinced it was a fourth quarter decision, and said Reed has not been showing up to any events for the last three weeks.

“I think all along he was just a stalking horse for the Margaret Moore campaign,” said Cobb. “I think that today showed that they’ve been working together to try to get me kicked off the ballot and to stir up a whole bunch of other stuff unrelated to the issues.”

Moore and Reed told KXAN there was no coordination.

“I didn’t meet Rick Reed until we went and drew for our places on ballot,” said Moore. “So that’s just silly talk.”

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