DALLAS — UPDATE, 11:43 p.m.: State Representative Eric Johnson won the runoff election Saturday night to become Dallas' next mayor.
“What Dallas proved tonight," Johnson told supporters, "is that if you work hard and allow the people of the city to help you, the sky is the limit. I’ve always put my faith in two places – in the good Lord and the voters of the city of Dallas. I’ve never been let down by either."
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.:
State Rep. Eric Johnson remains in the lead in the Dallas mayoral election, ahead of Scott Griggs 27,488 votes to 19,815, or 58.11% to 41.89%, respectively.
State Rep. Eric Johnson has a 15% lead over city councilman Scott Griggs in the early vote which was released at 7:00 p.m.
Johnson is ahead at 57-percent, with 26,196 votes to Griggs' 42-percent, and 19,100 votes in the early vote.
Early voting numbers are believed to make up a half to two-thirds of the total vote in this runoff election.
Last month, 80,871 votes were cast in the general election, a turnout that could be matched today.
In other races, District 14 challenger David Blewett is leading incumbent Philip Kingston 56-percent to 44-percent in the early vote. Kingston, an incumbent, is a self-styled watchdog and frequent critic of city hall.
District 4 incumbent Carolyn Arnold leads Dawn Blair by 232 votes in the early vote totals.
Adam Bazaldua is slightly ahead of Tiffinni Young in District 7's early vote which makes up South Dallas, Fair Park and Buckner Terrace. Young, a former councilwoman, was defeated by Kevin Felder two years ago. Felder failed to make the runoff in May.
In District 9, which includes Lakewood and far East Dallas, Paula Blackmon has a slight lead over Erin Moore in the early vote.
Across the county, voter turnout was at least 9.86% as of 7 p.m.
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