A Republican candidate for a battleground Texas House seat has advanced to a runoff for his party’s nomination by the slimmest of margins — one vote.
Even more remarkable: The candidate, Justin Berry, pulled ahead late this week after earlier results had him missing the runoff — also by just one vote. The tide turned Wednesday, when Travis County updated its results to reflect military, overseas and provisional ballots.
The results were canvassed Thursday by the Travis County GOP, making official for now the the runoff lineup to challenge state Rep. Vikki Goodwin, D-Austin. The GOP is targeting her after she flipped the seat in 2018.
Attorney Jennifer Fleck was the top vote-getter by a decisive margin. Berry, a former Austin police officer, squeezed into the second runoff spot with 4,105 votes, knocking out Don Zimmerman, an ex-Austin City Council member.
Zimmerman has until 2 p.m. Friday to request a recount. His campaign has declined to comment on whether it will seek a recount.
Coming out of election night, Berry trailed Zimmerman, 4,098 votes to 4,099.