HOUSTON – Former City Attorney Ben Hall has conceded to Houston Mayor Annise Parker in the mayoral race.
Hall addressed his supporters Tuesday night at the House of Dereon.
Early/Absentee results showed Houston Mayor Annise Parker had 57 percent of the vote compared to 28 percent for Ben Hall.
Parker faced Hall as she ran for her third and final term in office. Parker raised more money than Hall and had a double-digit lead in the KHOU-KUHF poll conducted last month. Seven other candidates appeared on the ballot, but they were virtually unknown.
Before the polls closed Tuesday evening Parker and Hall were both busy trying to secure last-minute votes.
Hall started his day at 5 a.m., working some polls, shaking some hands and then voting at a Holiday Inn located on the Katy Freeway near his Memorial-area home.
His wife of more than 30 years and his 22-year-old son went to vote with him.
Hall pumped a lot of his own money into his run for mayor, and his TV ads were well produced.
Meanwhile, Parker started the day at the Breakfast Klub, a few blocks from her home, shaking the hands of voters.
She said she was feeling confident in winning re-election.
“I have expected to be the winner in this campaign all along. It was a question of whether it was today or in a runoff. And I think it’s going to be today,” she said.