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Travis County Early Voters Favored Obama

Unsurprisingly

By Monica Riese, 7:52PM, Tue. Nov. 6, 2012

Except blue in red, instead of red in white.
Except blue in red, instead of red in white.

According to the Travis County Clerk's Office, of the 238,071 early voters in the county, some 60% favored Barack Obama over challenger Mitt Romney in the general election.

Of course, the hours-long lines at polling places across the county suggest we still have more than a few ballots to tally, and even once we have them all, it's hard to forget that Austin is a tiny blue island in the red state of Texas. The state's electoral votes are almost assuredly going to Romney.

Other notable results from the early voting tallies include:

• Travis County voters favored the Democratic candidate in all the top-of-the-ballot Senate and House races.

Ken Mercer (State Board of Education, Place 5) only took 28% of the early vote.

• The District 25 State Senator race between Donna Campbell and John Courage was in a statistical tie.

• Most of the city charter propositions were in a 60/40 or 55/45 split, with the most decisive ones being Props. 1 and 2, which would move the city elections to even-numbered Novembers: Those races were (so far) more along the lines of 75/25.

Stay tuned for continuing election coverage from Chronicle staffers all night, both here at austinchronicle.com/newsdesk and on our Twitter account: @ACNewsdesk.

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