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The following U.S. House districts represent Austin residents. Results were last updated at 5:30 a.m.
District 10—U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul is declared the winner of this race.
Michael McCaul (REP, incumbent): 215,896 votes (53.5%)
Mike Siegel (DEM): 186,50 votes (45.3%)
Roy Eriksen (LIB): 8,928 votes (2.2%)
An estimated 17.2% of votes have been counted, according to Decision Desk HQ.
District 17—Pete Sessions is declared the winner of this race.
Pete Sessions (REP): 170,807 votes (55.9%)
Rick Kennedy (DEM): 124,953 votes (40.9%)
Ted Brown (LIB): 9,834 votes (3.2%)
An estimated 33.7% of votes have been counted, according to Decision Desk HQ.
District 21—U.S. Rep. Chip Roy is the declared the winner of this race.
Wendy Davis (DEM): 203,028 votes (45.2%)
Chip Roy (REP, incumbent): 233,766 votes (52.1%)
Arthur DiBianca (LIB): 8,555 votes (1.9%)
Thomas Wakely (GRN): 3,517 votes (0.8%)
An estimate 98.9% of votes have been counted, according to Decision Desk HQ.
District 25—U.S. Rep. Roger Williams is declared the winner of this race.
Roger Williams (REP, incumbent): 219,053 votes (56%)
Julie Oliver (DEM): 164,415 votes (42%)
Bill Kelsey (LIB): 7,678 votes (2%)
An estimated 100.7% of votes have been counted, according to Decision Desk HQ.
District 31—U.S. Rep. John Carter is declared the winner of this race.
John Carter (REP, incumbent): 210,768 votes (53.5%)
Donna Imam (DEM): 1647,394 votes (44.3%)
Clark Patterson (LIB): 8,819 votes (2.2%)
An estimated 95.4% of votes have been counted, according to Decision Desk HQ.
District 35—U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett is declared the winner of this race.
Lloyd Doggett (DEM, incumbent): 174,429 votes (65.3%)
Jenny Garcia Sharon (REP): 80,016 votes (30%)
Mark Loewe (LIB): 7,311 votes (2.7%)
Jason Mata Sr. (IND): 5,169 votes (1.9%)
An estimated 15.2% of votes have been counted, according to Decision Desk HQ.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that Texas will opt out of further federal unemployment benefits related to the pandemic effective June 26, citing the number of current job openings and concern about potentially fraudulent unemployment claims. The benefits include a $300 weekly supplement.
"The Texas economy is booming and employers are hiring communities across the state," Abbott said in a statement. "According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the number of job openings in Texas is almost identical to the number of Texans who are receiving unemployment jobs."
TWC listed 837,273 job openings as of Monday afternoon compared to 226,849 unemployment insurance claims filed statewide between March 31 and May 1. An estimated 1 million Texans were unemployed as of March, according to latest estimates released by the state agency.
Some local business owners, including Doc's Backyard Grill owner Charles Milligan, suspect unemployment benefits are deterring Austinites from returning to work. But others agree with economists who say multiple factors are at play, including health concerns and child care availability.
We're seeing lots of posts about how nobody wants to work right now. Just wanted to share our experience.
We received over 60 resumes for a taproom bartender position we posted last week. Every applicant we've set up an interview with has shown up.
People want 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 work.
— Austin Beerworks (@AustinBeerworks) May 11, 2021
Abbott also cited fraudulent unemployment claims. Between March 2020 and April 2021, TWC received 4.48 million unemployment benefit applications, 611,000 or around 14% of which were tagged as suspicious. Most of those tagged were blocked before any benefits were paid out, according to an April 29 press release.
Federal law requires the effective date of such benefits change to be at least 30 days after the U.S. Department of Labor is notified.
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