Jolanda Jones (D) defeated Danielle Bess Keys (D) by 202 votes. 52%-48%, in the HD147 (Safe D) specialelection to win the remainder of former Rep. Garnet Coleman’s (D-Houston) term. Jones received 64% of the absentee vote, which represented 30% of all ballots cast in the race. Keys won the early in-person vote, 51.5%-48.5%, and the Election Day vote, 54%-46%.

Absentee voters were crucial to Jones’s victory, as they were in the March 1 primary. Facing six opponents, Jones received 56% of the absentee vote, her best showing among any type of voters. Danielle Keys Bess received 17% of the absentee vote, her worst showing among any type of voters.

The two face each other in the May 24 runoff election to become the Democratic nominee for a full term.

Voters overwhelmingly approved two constitutional amendments – the first ones ever presented to them in an even-year May election – in Saturday’s general election. The May election is traditionally reserved for local governments, and this was the first statewide May election since 2007 and only the fifth one in state history.

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