AUSTIN (KXAN) — Republicans are facing off in the primary runoff Tuesday for two Texas House districts currently held by first-term Democrats.
District 45 and District 47 could be key in the future of the Texas House. Currently, Republicans control the House 83 to 67. Rep. Erin Zwiener and Rep. Vicki Goodwin will be fighting to keep their seats in November, while Republicans will be looking to gain back seats lost in the previous election.
These races headed to a runoff because no candidate was able to get more than 50% of the vote in the primary.
House District 45
Republicans Carrie Isaac received 48% of the vote (8,236) and Kent “Bud” Wymore had 41% (7,119).
The race was called with Isaac leading Wymore by about 2,000 votes.
Wymore is an attorney. Isaac is the executive director of the Digital Education and Work Initiative of Texas and is married to Jason Isaac, who held the seat before Zwiener.
KXAN reached out to Wymore as the results came in and showed Isaac leading.
“No one’s going to make a prediction,” Wymore said. “We’re going to sit back, spend time with family, watch those numbers come in and, you know, whatever, whatever the good Lord intends the results to be, they will be.”
“More than anything, my heart is full because the of the support love and kindness, the community that I’ve lived in for 35 years has shown me so much support,” Wymore said.
KXAN reached out to Isaac several times via phone call and texts, but did not receive any response for comment on Tuesday.
House District 47
Justin Berry was leading Jennifer Fleck by nearly 1,000 votes late Tuesday.
“I am excited to move on to November and serving our Great State!” Berry tweeted out.
Fleck said she was still waiting for all precinct results to be posted.
Berry is an Austin police officer. Fleck is the general counsel for Oil & Gas Services Company.
Ultimately, one vote decided which candidates would be in the runoff for the Republican primary. Jennifer Fleck landed herself a spot on the ballot on election day with 32% of the vote (5,760), while Justin Berry beat former Austin city council member Don Zimmerman by one vote after provisional ballots were counted. Each had 23%.Berry is an Austin police officer. Fleck is the general counsel for Oil & Gas Services Company.
Republican primary runoff election results will be updated below: