El Paso mayor headed to runoff election with former mayor
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.
On Wednesday, El Paso, which is currently under curfew and new coronavirus regulations, recorded 3,100 new COVID-19 cases.