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Zwiener, Kopser win primary runoffs

Democrat Joseph Kopser and Republican Chip Roy will vie for the District 21 Congressional seat this November after both claimed victory in Tuesday’s primary runoff.

Kopser, who finished with the second most votes in the March 6 Democratic Primary, upset Mary Wilson by roughly 4,000 votes Tuesday, according to unofficial, final election results.

In the CD 21 Republican primary, Chip Roy beat Matt McCall by more than 7,000 votes to claim the nomination.

Kopser and Roy will fight for the seat held by Rep. Lamar Smith, who will not run for reelection.

Meanwhile, an early voting deficit wasn’t enough to keep Erin Zweiner from rallying past Rebecca Bell-Metereau to claim the House District 45 Democratic primary runoff.

Zweiner, an educator and activist, trailed Bell-Metereau 1,726 to 1,501 after the release of early voting numbers Tuesday. Zweiner made up the difference by collecting 391 more votes than Bell-Meterau on Election Day.

Zweiner will take on Republican nominee Ken Strange in November.

In one of the closest contests of the night, Julie Oliver surged past Chris Perri to win Tuesday’s CD-25 Democratic primary.

Perri held a 249 vote lead after early voting, but was unable to hold off Oliver, who collected more than 6,000 votes on Election Day.

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