Texas state Senator John Whitmire, a Democrat, is expected to win the mayoral race in Houston, defeating a fellow Democrat in a runoff to represent one of the nation’s most populous cities.
Whitmire ran against Democratic US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee for the mayor’s seat after the race went down to a runoff after the Nov. 7 general elections.
The state senator was leading in November, but neither he nor Jackson Lee got the majority needed to win the general: Whitmire won 43 percent, while Jackson Lee got 38 percent.
Whitmire, 74, will fill the seat left open by Democrat Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is term limited.
Houston is the fourth most populous city in the US and boasts a very young population, with some frustrated by the choice between two candidates in their 70s.
Whitmire and Jackson Lee are both pillars of the state: Whitmire was elected to the Texas Senate in 1982 after serving 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives, and Lee has been in Congress for nearly 30 years.
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