Prop. 15 surprisingly unpopular in Travis County.
By Lee Nichols,
9:59PM, Tue. Nov. 6, 2007
Just over 70% of the state's precincts have reported, and all of the constitutional amendments appear headed for passage. The strongest winner is Prop. 9, which would exempt totally disabled veterans from ad valorem taxation — it's getting 86% percent approval. The least popular is Prop. 4, the scattershot amendment that would approve up to $1 billion in bonds for a variety of construction projects (some good, some bad), but it's still winning at 58%.
Up in Fort Worth, with 41 of 45 precincts counted, Democrat Dan Barrett is headed for a runoff in the special election to replace retiring Anna Mowery in state House District 97. Barrett is leading at 32%. As for the six Republicans, it's been back and forth, but Mark M. Shelton has passed Bob Leonard; Shelton now has 23% to Leonard's 19%.
Shockingly, here in Travis County, the Lance Armstrong-supported Prop. 15 is barely getting majority support at 50.47% with 96% of precincts reporting.