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Thousands Took Advantage Of Travis County Vote Extension
Updated: Friday, March 7 2014, 12:51 PM CST
Thousands of Travis County voters took advantage of extended polling hours in Tuesday's Democratic and Republican primary elections but the additional ballots didn't reverse the outcomes of any races.
A district judge allowed county election workers to keep polls open until 9 p.m., two hours later than originally scheduled, after icy weather forced delayed openings. Votes cast during that prolonged window were classified as provisional ballots and weren't included in the initial counts issued early Wednesday morning.
With those provisional ballots now included in the unofficial tally, the number of Election Day votes in the Republican race for the U.S. Senate nomination race grew by 1,157, or 3 percent of the total vote, and incumbent Sen. John Cornyn's crushing victory over seven rivals remains unquestioned.
In the Democratic race for county judge, an additional 2,159 ballots were cast during the extension and the new tally saw Sarah Eckhardt's margin of victory widen over her opponent, Andy Brown.
Other provisional ballots remain uncounted as do ballots from overseas and military voters. Officials said they will release the final canvass on Thu., March 13.