U.S. Rep. John Carter to face winner of Hegar, Mann runoff


5:10 p.m. Wednesday update: U.S. Rep. John Carter defeated his challenger with 65 percent of votes cast in the Republican primary.

On the Democratic side, Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar won 45 percent of the vote but didn’t secure her party’s nomination. She will face Cedar Park physician Christine Eady Mann in a runoff. Mann followed with 34 percent.

The district includes all of Williamson County and most of Bell County.

1 a.m. update: U.S. Rep. John Carter easily fended off a challenge from Mike Sweeney, capturing 65 percent of the vote in the Republican primary.

Carter will face the winner of the Democratic runoff for Texas’ 31st congressional district: Decorated helicopter pilot Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, who received 45 percent of the vote Tuesday with 97 percent of precincts reporting, and physician Christine Eady Mann, who had 34 percent of the vote.

Mike Clark trailed in the Democratic primary with 11 percent, followed by Kent Lester at 10 percent.

Earlier: U.S. Rep. John Carter was well ahead of a sole GOP challenger in the early vote for this district, which includes all of Williamson County and most of Bell County. Carter, 76, who had 62.2 percent of the vote with about 20,000 ballots reported, will wait for a likely runoff between a decorated veteran and, based on the early vote, a Cedar Park physician.

BACKGROUND: 4 Democrats vie for Congressional District 31 seat

In the Democratic primary, Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, 41, a decorated helicopter pilot whose Afghanistan experience in the U.S. Air Force could be the subject of an Angelina Jolie movie, and Christine Eady Mann, 52, were well ahead of two challengers in early voting. Hegar had 43.3 percent, with about 14,000 votes counted, and Mann had 36.3 percent.

Hegar lives in Round Rock.

President Donald Trump won this district by 12.5 percent in 2016.



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