By 59 votes, Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) has won the four-way SD6 special election outright. She will serve the remaining two years of former Sen. and now U.S. Rep.-elect Sylvia Garcia’s (D-Houston) term.
Alvarado received 50.4% of the vote. Rep. Ana Hernandez (D-Houston) finished second with 24% of the vote, followed closely by Republican Martha Fierro (23%). The final candidate, Democrat Mia Mundy, received 2% of the vote. Hernandez conceded to Alvarado around 10 p.m., shortly after the final results were released by the Harris Co. Clerk’s office.
Alvarado’s victory forces a special election to fill her unexpired term, to which she was elected in November.
Alvarado won 62% of the vote in her current House district, defeating Hernandez by 1,455 votes. Fierro actually finished second there, edging out Hernandez by 5 votes. Hernandez won a 45% plurality in her current House district, finishing just 146 votes ahead of Alvarado. In the rest of SD6, Alvarado received 49% of the vote, compared to 21% for Hernandez and 27% for Fierro.
The 15,084 total votes were the fewest cast in a special election for a state Senate seat in at least 24 years and likely much longer, breaking the district’s own record set in January 2013.
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