27.4%

Increase in votes received by Ernest Bailes in the runoff, compared to the primary

Ernest Bailes

Ernest Bailes

The theoretically easiest path to a runoff victory is holding on to the people who already voted for you in round one. That turns out to be a tall task when runoff turnout plunges 87% from the primary, as it did on Tuesday. However, one candidate not only held on to his voters but added to them. Ernest Bailes received 7,554 votes in the runoff, up from 5,928 in the six-way primary. Compared to the primary, Bailes received 734 more votes in Walker Co., 704 more votes in Liberty Co. and 188 more votes in San Jacinto Co.

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