New polling shows State Sen. John Whitmire leading U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee in the runoff race for Houston mayor. Whitmire has led Jackson Lee throughout their campaigns. 

Both contenders are career Democrat politicians who currently hold other offices. They were also the only two who received double-digit percentages of the vote in the November mayoral election.

Whitmire has been a state lawmaker for 50 years. In the November election, he received 43 percent of the vote (107,109 votes), making him the top contender for mayor. 

Jackson Lee, a congresswoman of 28 years, finished in second with 36 percent (89,783 votes).

A University of Houston survey in October found that in an anticipated runoff, Whitmire led Jackson Lee 50 percent to 36 percent.

Now that the runoff has commenced, new polling numbers show Whitmire is still leading Jackson Lee 42 to 35 percent, with 22 percent of voters undecided. 

Early voting began November 27 and runs through December 5. 

Election Day is Saturday, December 9. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.