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El Paso mayor headed to runoff election with former mayor

November 4, 2020 GMT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso Mayor Dee Margo finished a distant second in a crowded mayoral race and will face a December runoff with predecessor Oscar Leeser.

None of the six candidates for mayor of the border city obtained more than 50% of the vote to win outright Tuesday.

Leeser took 42% compared to Margo’s 24%, according to El Paso County’s unofficial results posted Wednesday.

Mayoral races in El Paso are non-partisan but Margo, a businessman and former state legislator, identifies as a Republican. Leeser, president of a Hyundai dealership, is a Democrat.

Leeser was mayor from 2013 through 2017 and did not seek reelection that year. Margo succeeded him.


El Paso is a coronavirus hotspot that has been in the national spotlight in recent years because of overcrowded migrants at the border and a mass shooting at a Walmart.

On Wednesday, El Paso, which is currently under curfew and new coronavirus regulations, recorded 3,100 new COVID-19 cases.