In the race to see who will challenge Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) on the ballot this November for House District 45, Carrie Isaac and Bud Wymore will go on to a runoff election on May 26.
In total, from the complete though still unofficial results, Isaac received 47.88 percent (8,236 votes) to Wymore’s 41.38 percent (7,119 votes). The third candidate, Austin Talley, received 10.74 percent — enough to prevent Isaac from winning the vote outright with a majority.
Isaac outperformed everyone in both counties that the district covers — Hays and Blanco — though did slightly better in the more rural Blanco County at 54.33 percent than in the more populous Hays County at 46.89 percent.
Notably, Wymore won vastly more absentee votes in Hays County than the other candidates: 64 percent (748 votes) compared to Isaac’s 28 percent (330 votes).
But on election day in Hays, Isaac received 49 percent (2,827 votes) to Wymore’s 38 percent (2,152).
Turnout for this election was up from the Republican primary in 2018 by a slight amount — 11.46 percent this year compared to 10.27 percent.
In a statement to The Texan, Wymore said, “I am honored by the strong showing of support we received across the district. The results are a testament to strong relationships built over many years in a community my family has called home for 36 years. My opponent had hundreds of thousands of dollars pour into this race from outside special interest groups over the last month of the election, and we were able to withstand the onslaught.”
Wymore expressed confidence in the ability to win the runoff election, saying that his “conservative message is resonating with Republican voters,” and calling Isaac a “ticking ethical time-bomb.”
He criticized his opponent for her husband’s previous use of campaign funds on an apartment and cited reports questioning the effectiveness of the non-profit for veterans that she leads, since nearly all of its funding has been used on salaries, including her own.
“Most importantly,” said Wymore, “Mrs. Isaac recently renewed her lease on a residential home in the Travis Country neighborhood in Austin, Texas. This is unacceptable, and the people of HD 45 deserve better.”
Carrie Isaac has not yet responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.