election night blog

Vote 2011 election night blog



Posted on May 14, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 9 at 6:06 PM

The polls have closed across North Texas and the totals from Saturday's voting are starting to come in to the WFAA Election Center.

9:55p Ninety-five percent of Dallas precincts have now been counted, and barring any unexpected results in the final ballots, winning candidate Mike Rawlings will face David Kunkle in a runoff for mayor. Rawlings has 41 percent and Kunkle has 32 percent.

9:51p We've now got the vote totals in from Frisco, where voters say they want the city to revoke $16.4 million in bonds for the proposed Arts of Collin County performance hall.

9:43p With 100 percent of precincts now reporting in Irving, Mayor Herbert Gears will face a runoff election with challenger Beth Van Duyne, who was the winner with 41 percent to Gears' 38 percent. Two other candidates shared 21 percent of the vote.

9:40p Final unofficial returns from Farmers Branch show that the proposal for the city to establish its own school district has been rejected by voters by a 66 to 34 percent margin.

9:34p It's too close to call in Frisco, where voters are deciding on whether to pull the city's $16.4 million stake in the Arts of Collin County concert hall project. With 7 of 18 precincts reporting, The "yes" votes have 51 percent.

9:32p The trend continues in Farmers Branch, where voters are saying "no" to the proposal for the city to establish its own school district. With 44 percent of precincts now counted, 67 percent of votes are opposed to the plan.

9:29p Here are some fresh numbers from Fort Worth, where 54 percent of precincts are now reporting. Mayoral candidate Betsy Price continues to lead the five-person race with 43 percent. Jim Lane is ahead of Cathy Hirt 26 to 22 percent in the race for a runoff spot.

9:22p We've got 76 percent of votes tallied in the race for Dallas mayor, and everything is pointing toward a runoff election betweeen Mike Rawlings (42 percent) and David Kunkle (32 percent). City Council member Ron Natinsky has 25 percent of the vote and Edward Okpa has 2 percent.

9:20p Four of 18 precincts are now reporting in from Farmers Branch, where voters are rejecting a proposal for the city to establish its own school district by a 68-to-32 percent margin.

8:53p Thirty-six percent of Dallas precincts have now been counted in the race for Dallas Mayor, and former homeless czar Mike Rawlings continues to dominate with 43 percent of the vote, but as things now stand, he would face a runoff with former police Chief David Kunkle, who has 30 percent. City Council member Ron Natinsky is not far behind, though, with 25 percent of the vote.

8:44p With 26 percent of Fort Worth precincts now tallied, Tarrant County Tax Assessor/Collector Betsy Price maintains a big lead over the other four candidates with 44 percent of the vote. Jim Lane has 27 percent; Cathy Hirt has 21 percent; Dan Barrett has 7 percent and Nicolas Zebrun trails with 1 percent.

8:43p Dallas and Fort Worth aren't the only big Texas cities with mayoral elections on Saturday. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has garnered 82 percent of the early voting totals on his way to winning a second term. - Associated Press

8:27p With 7 percent of precincts now reporting, Mike Rawlings continues to lead the pack in the Dallas mayoral election with 42 percent. Former police Chief David Kunkle has added to his total with 30 percent and Ron Natinsky has 26 percent. Edward Okpa is running a distant fourth with 2 percent.

8:25p Dallas County Elections reports 59.951 ballots were cast in Saturday's municipal elections; that's less than 6 percent of the county's 1.074 million registered voters

8:06p More than an hour after the last ballots were cast, we're still waiting for Saturday's votes to be added to the early returns that have already been released. You can see results from all local races add up live on the Election Returns page. We'll have a roundup of the major races on News 8 at 10 p.m.

7:43p Will Farmers Branch voters go along with a proposal for the city to create its own school district? Early voting indicates that the answer is "no" by a 68-32 percent margin.

7:39p Incumbent Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck dominates early voting with 68 percent over challenger Carl Scrivner.

7:35p Voters deciding the future of the proposed Arts of Collin County center in Frisco are rejecting the project by a 53-47 percent margin in early voting.

7:32p Early voting in Irving shows incumbent Mayor Herbert Gears — with 38 percent — facing a strong challenge from Beth Van Duyne with 39 percent. Joe Putnam has 16 percent and Tom Spink has 7 percent.

7:29p In early voting results from Frisco, incumbent Mayor Maher Maso is leading challenger Tom Smith with 63 percent of the vote.

7:18p Mike Rawlings is leading a four-candidate field for Dallas mayor with 43 percent; former police Chief David Kunkle is second with 29 percent; Ron Natinsky is third with 27 percent and Edward Okpa has 2 percent of the vote.

7:17p In the six-person race for Fort Worth mayor, Tarrant County Tax Assessor/Collector Betsy Price has a comfortable lead with 45 percent of early voting returns; former City Council member Jim Lane has 26 percent; and community activist Cathy Hirt has 22 percent. The remaining 7 percent of ballots is split between Dan Barrett and Nicolas Zebrun.