Race for Austin Texas House seat heads to runoff

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Associated Press

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 9:02 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle are headed to a runoff to replace state Rep. Mark Strama in a district including parts of north Austin and eastern Travis County.

A Democrat, Strama resigned his Texas House District 50 seat in June to lead Austin's Google Fiber project.

Since none of the race's four candidates won a majority Tuesday, the runoff date will be set by Gov. Rick Perry and may come in January.

VanDeWalle, the race's only Republican, finished first but didn't capture a majority. Israel bested fellow Democrats Rico Reyes and Jade Chang Sheppard.

Israel is a real estate agent and was part of former Gov. Ann Richards' administration.

VanDeWalle is a chiropractor who has vowed to battle implementation of the new federal health care law.

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