Early voting results in Houston Races

At 7 pm the polls closed. The Harris County Clerk’s office must now count and tabulate the votes cast today in Houston’s 769 voting precincts. While we wait for the final results, let’s take a look at the numbers from early voting:

City of Houston, MAYOR, with 46,333 ballots counted:
Kevin Simms   7.55%
Amanda Ulman  1.60%
Dave Wilson  10.40%
Fernando Herrera  14.31%
Annise D. Parker  52.76%
Jack O’Connor  13.38%

Dave Wilson’s 10.4 percent is surprising, considering he’s been poling at less than 1%.  General wisdom is that conservatives are more likely to vote early than left-leaning voters. In my opinion his strong early showing is likely to dramatically decrease as the evening progresses.

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, AT-LARGE POSITION 1,
Stephen C. Costello 51.80%
James Partsch-Galvan  7.88%
Scott Boates  21.77%
Don Cook  18.54%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, AT-LARGE POSITION 2,
Kristi Thibaut 16.75%
Elizabeth C. Pérez 10.41%
Andrew C. Burks, Jr. 20.69%
Gordon R. Goss 1.75%
Bolivar “Bo” Fraga 9.51%
Eric B. Dick  7.44%
Jenifer Rene Pool  7.55%
M. “Griff” Griffin 7.25%
David W. Robinson  11.84%
Roslyn “Rozzy” Shorter 6.81%

With such a crowded field this race is still anybody’s game, fewer than 6,000 votes separate the early leader Burks from ninth position shorter.

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, AT-LARGE POSITION 3,
Melissa Noriega 56.67%
Chris Carmona  24.19%
J. Brad Batteau  19.15%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, AT-LARGE POSITION 4,
Louis Molnar 10.65%
Amy Price 18.43%
C. O. “Brad” Bradford 70.92%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, AT-LARGE POSITION 5,
Laurie Robinson 18.43%
Jolanda “Jo” Jones  42.16%
Jack Christie 31.46%
Bob Ryan 7.94%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT A, with 3,125 votes counted:
Brenda Stardig  43.06%
Helena Brown 47.01%
Bob Schoellkopf 9.93%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT B, with 4,710 votes counted:
Kenneth Perkins  8.87%
James Joseph 4.04%
Kathy Blueford-Daniels16.98%
Phillip “Paul” Bryant 5.66%
Alvin Byrd  28.27%
Jerry Davis 26.22%
Charles A. Ingram  6.63%
Bryan Smart 3.33%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT C, with 7,492 votes counted:
Randy Locke  3.88%
Josh Verde 17 2.47%
Ellen Cohen 55.28%
Karen Derr11.17%
Brian Cweren 27.20%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT D, with 6,498 votes counted:
Larry L. McKinzie  14.60%
Wanda Adams 85.40%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT E, with 4,283 votes counted
Mike Sullivan 100.00%

City of Houston, DISTRICT F, with 2,789 votes counted:
Al Hoang  56.72%
Hoc Thai Nguyen (Nguyen Thai Hoc) 20.84%
Peter “Lyn” René  22.45%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT G, with 5,917 votes counted:
Clyde Bryan  19.60%
Oliver Pennington 80.40%

Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT H, with 2,710 votes counted
Patricia Rodriguez 27.81%
Edward “Ed” Gonzalez  72.19%

Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT I, with 2,694 votes counted
Leticia Gutierrez Ablaza 31.28%
James Rodriguez  68.72%

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT J, with 2,013 votes counted
Mike Laster 70.67%
Rodrigo Canedo 9.78%
Criselda Romero 19.56%

Out gay candidate Laster takes a commanding lead, but this heavily Hispanic district is likely to see significant election day voting, so this early number, based on so few votes, is likely very different than the final number we’ll wind up with.

City of Houston, COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT K, with 4,102 votes counted:
Pat Frazier 22.68%
Larry Green 70.24%
Alex Gonik 7.08%

Houston I.S.D., Trustee, District III, with 1,981 votes counted
Manuel Rodriguez 52.95%
Ramiro Fonseca  47.05%

This race garnered national attention after Rodriquez mailed an anti-gay flier attacking Fonseca, and the Houston Chronicle subsequently pulled its endorsement of Rodriquez.  That information did not become public until after early voting closed on Friday, so any effect it had on the race would not be reflected in these numbers. Only 102 votes separate the candidates at this time.

Houston I.S.D., Trustee, District IV, with 5,881 votes counted:
Davetta Daniels 33.81%
Paula Harris 66.19%

Houston I.S.D., Trustee, District VIII, with 3,091 votes counted:
Dorothy Olmos 40.28%
Juliet Kathy Stipeche 59.72%

Remember that these are only the votes cast during early voting, the final numbers can, and often do differ dramatically from early voting totals.

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Andy Cohen Vs. Heidi Montag

ANDY COHEN HEIDI MONTAG X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMBravo honcho Andy Cohen says he’d rather stab his eyes with knives than allow Heidi Montag to join the cast of the network’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
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Watch: Ringing in 2011 with Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin, Snooki, Andy Cohen, and Key West Drag Queen Sushi

Sushi

Happy 2011 everyone!

If you spent last night away from a television set, here are clips of CNN's celebration with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, MTV's Snooki drop at the Jersey Shore, Bravo's Wig Drop with Andy Cohen, Kim Zolciak, and a bunch of drunk housewives, and Key West's drag queen Sushi.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin clips:







MTV's Snooki drop:

Andy Cohen and Bravo ring in the 2011 with some kissing and Kim Zolciak:



Key West's shoe drop with drag queen Sushi.


 



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Quote Of The Day – Richard Cohen

“The Marines of today know that virtually the entire Republican Party stood up for bigotry. The Corps knows that some important senators – John McCain and Jon Kyl, to name two – furiously fought to retain the status quo, always in the sainted cause of unit cohesion. (Kyl said repeal could “cost lives.”) Marines know, too, that in surveys, those on the front lines are least supportive of having gays among them and they are also aware that their brass fought to keep “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The issue for me, as for Gen. Amos, is unit cohesion. That’s why he has to go. ” – Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, calling for the dismissal or resignation of USMC Commandant James Amos.

Joe. My. God.

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News: Wikileaks, Andy Cohen, Czech Republic, Aspirin, Morrissey

Road Clay Shirky: Wikileaks and the Long Haul. "I am conflicted about the right balance between the visibility required for counter-democracy and the need for private speech among international actors. Here’s what I’m not conflicted about: When authorities can’t get what they want by working within the law, the right answer is not to work outside the law. The right answer is that they can’t get what they want."

Exitwave Road'Exit Wave' wins Photoradar's Digital Camera Photo of the Year award.

RoadCertifiably insane hand model.

Road Lesbian Iraqi couple fears deportation from Sweden.

RoadJames Franco wanted a role in Twilight: "He apparently got so desperate that he reached out to director Bill Condon to cast him – but was turned down."

RoadObama, GOP strike deal on Bush tax cuts.

RoadWATCH: Glee does Britain's X-Factor.

RoadCracks delay launch of first privately funded spacecraft into orbit.

RoadDaily aspirin linked to steep drop in cancer risk: "Specifically, a British research team unearthed evidence that a low-dose aspirin (75 milligrams) taken daily for at least five years brings about a 10 percent to 60 percent drop in fatalities depending on the type of cancer."

Morrissey RoadMorrissey and Johnny Marr will not allow conservative PM David Cameron liking The Smiths' music: "I beg you to notice the unbearable dimension of sorrow that David Cameron is attempting to inflict upon British wildlife."

RoadLance Bass: Adopt, don't buy, dogs.

RoadNew HIV network forms in Asia.

RoadHoward Stern to iTunes? "The shock jock has been in negotiations for a new contract with Sirius XM Radio (his multi-year, 0 million deal expires at year's end), but there still isn't news from the company about renewing the partnership. The silence on a new contract means the network is missing the chance to snap up new subscriptions this holiday season, and many believe it's a surefire signal that Sirius is seriously in trouble, i.e., about to lose their biggest star. In the meantime, a rumor that Apple could snag the self-proclaimed "King of All Media" in a new 0 million deal has suddenly gained major traction."

Road Hayden Christensen vanishes on 7th street.

RoadWe Were Here documentary looks at AIDS epidemic in San Francisco.

Cohen RoadAndy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live gets five-night-a-week tryout.

RoadCzech authorities condemned for arousal test on gay asylum seekers: "The process, called phallometric testing, involves measuring sexual arousal by monitoring blood flow into the penis. In this case gay asylum seekers are shown heterosexual pornography to see if they get an erection. If the claimant becomes aroused, their chances of asylum become less likely."

RoadDancing with the Stars won't be hosting a same-sex competitive couple: "If Portia had agreed then this would have been a done deal. She was the only star that could have pulled this off without completely offending the program's conservative viewers."

RoadHellboy star Ron Perlman dons drag for new film: "I'm wearing a dress, a wig, I had my legs, chest and arms shaved. I had a beautiful pedicure and a lovely manicure, and I was the ugliest woman you've ever seen in your life, which is why I took the job. They offered me two different roles and I went for the transsexual because I felt like when the door opens and you see that it's me, it should get a 'Yuck!'"


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News: Ben Cohen, Frog, Julian Clary, Kissimmee, Modern Family

Road NYT: Mehlman coming out "no bombshell" in age of fiscal issues.

Ben_cohen RoadBen Cohen's jock strap should attract a few bidders to the UK's Gay Sports Day auction.

RoadJohn Mayer goes postal over the Huffington Post.

RoadNew York State Senator Bill Stachowski records defensive robo-call about his attacks on gay marriage: "It's as though Bill Stachowski is no longer running against his opponent, Tim Kennedy, but he's running against you and Fight Back New York."

RoadJeremy Renner decides to accept Mission Impossible 4.

RoadLame Duck Laundry List: GOP includes DADT repeal in bills to block.

RoadKissimmee, Florida adds "In God We Trust" to the city's motto: "The vote comes after a Kissimmee city commissioner proposed adding the phrase 'In God We Trust,' to the city’s logo earlier in the year. The logo will remain unchanged. That stirred up a lot of controversy after Commissioner Art Otero said he wanted to add the motto in response to issues like gay marriage and abortion."

RoadWhat gave it away?

Frog RoadMicro frog species discovered in Borneo.

RoadMegachurch uses Modern Family opening for its own ends.

RoadJulian Clary: Is 51 too old for clubbing? "I thought back to my 20s and picked 10 gay men from the circle of my acquaintance and assessed their current circumstances. Back then we were all out and proud and full of frisky fun. What had become of us? Of the 10, six were partnered up, two were single and two were dead. Four had moved to the country, one emigrated to Australia and three remained in London. Four had gone bald. Two had taken cocaine in the last year (and complained that it wasn't as good as it used to be). Three of us had contemplated adopting children or approaching lesbian friends with turkey baster in hand but it had all been talk and no issue resulted. Five had dogs, of which four were small and camp. Three had been out to a gay club in the last year, and two had pulled."

Chi RoadNYC gay bar Chi Chiz to remain open for now.

RoadReal Housewives of New Jersey rehearse for Big Gay Italian Wedding.

RoadBlue Dog Democrat Bobby Bright of Alabama on the reasons he might not have to support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House again: "Heck, she might even get sick and die."

RoadVintage Dolly Parton.

RoadThere seems to be some real life drama on the set of Glee.

RoadWanda Sykes: Bush administration wasn't anti-gay, but "pro votes".

RoadWhy does the Kentucky Farm Bureau hate gays? "Statements adopted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau's 2009 'Farm Bureau Policies' manual show that the institution believes LGBT people are abhorrent and immoral, and that public institutions ought to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity."


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—  John Wright

Kathie Lee Hoping to Slap Andy Cohen?

Andy Cohen, the Bravo network’s gay executive and talk show host, may
have been propositioned by Kathie Lee Gifford on Monday’s edition of the
Today Show.
Daily News

—  John Wright