On an election day notable for its lack of civic activity, Houston voters sent two of their mayoral candidates to a runoff next month, and Texas voters approved all eleven proposed amendments to the state constitution.
Annise Parker and Gene Locke made the runoff for Houston mayor. She got 30.8 percent of the vote. Locke got 25.1 percent. Peter Brown finished third, with 22.6 percent. Brown led comfortably in absentee voting, with the two eventual winners in a very close race for runner-up. He lost in both early voting and on election day to the eventual winners.
About 8 percent of the state's voters turned out, and they approved all 11 proposed amendments to the state constitution. That list (a more detailed version is here) includes changes to the state's property appraisal system, a fund that large state universities might use to reach "tier one" status, a couple of amendments on veterans and veterans' benefits, and in favor of "buffer zones" near military bases.
Overall, it was a classic amendment election, attracting only 8 percent of the voters. Harris County, with the added attraction of the mayor's race had higher turnout, at about 12 percent. (You can look at updated county results here, and at the statewide numbers here.)
* Correction: This story originally said Brown won the early vote. He won the absentee vote but lost the early vote and lost on Election Day.
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