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Top 2 candidates are headed for runoff in Houston mayoral election
Houston's mayoral election is down to the top two candidates.
On Tuesday, November 7, voters narrowed down the 17-candidate field to State Sen. John Whitmire and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
Neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, which means there will be a runoff election in December.
As of Wednesday morning, with an estimated 55 percent of the total vote reported, Whitmire secured 42 percent and Jackson Lee secured 36 percent.
The remaining votes are divided among other candidates, mainly Gilbert Garcia, Lee Kaplan, and Jack Christie.
A runoff was predicted to happen, and political experts say the real race starts now.
"We're going to celebrate tonight, but we've got some unfinished business. My team has been prepared for this night for days," Whitmire said.
"I'm very glad for the voters who voted for me. We will move to the runoff if that is what it will be. We're going to work very hard," Jackson Lee said.
The mayoral candidates aren't the only ones headed for a runoff.
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