1 vote the difference in race for House District 47 runoff

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Don Zimmerman and Justin Berry, Republican candidates for House District 47

Don Zimmerman and Justin Berry, Republican candidates for House District 47

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The saying “every vote counts” was put to the test in one local House race.

Former Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman appears to have won the final spot in the Republican runoff for House District 47 by just one vote. A recount is all but assured of happening.

Jennifer Fleck easily secured the most votes, winning more than 32 percent support.

Don Zimmerman beat Justin Berry by that single vote, earning 4,099 votes to Berry’s 4,098. Berry told KXAN he’s still in the fight, so we expect that recount request to happen.

It’s important to note that the results are still not finalized. Provisional and overseas ballots will come in next week

“The only thing we know for sure is that the number will change when the rest of the ballots come in,” said Berry in a statement.

“Either way, with such a small margin, I would expect there to be a recount of the ballots to make 100% sure of the results.”

Zimmerman to declined to comment.

Whoever wins in the runoff will go on to face first-term Democrat Vicki Goodwin. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

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