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Bexar County Republican Chair Cynthia Brehm falls to challenger John Austin

Brehm refused calls from top GOP officials to step down earlier this year

John Austin and Cynthia Brehm, candidates for Bexar County Chair (Republican), in the July runoff election.
John Austin and Cynthia Brehm, candidates for Bexar County Chair (Republican), in the July runoff election. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIOEditor’s note: Find other results from the Bexar County runoff here.

UPDATE, 11 p.m.: John Austin will likely be the next Bexar County Republican Chair.

With 95% of precincts reporting, Bexar County election results show Austin with 66% compared to 33% for Cynthia Brehm. That’s a difference of about 13,000 votes.

Earlier this year, Brehm was pressured to resign by top Texas Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott, after spreading a George Floyd conspiracy theory. She refused.

Austin, a real-estate appraiser, said Brehm’s post showed a “basic disregard of facts” and that her “actions are very hurtful and denigrates the memory of George Floyd and amplifies the pain and suffering that the country is going through.” He has been endorsed by some of the top Republicans calling for Brehm’s resignation.

Related: Bexar County GOP Chair says she won’t resign despite calls from top Texas Republicans over George Floyd post

Candidate

Votes

%

John Austin
John Austin(R)
27,80466%
Cynthia Brehm
Cynthia Brehm*(R)
14,29333%
*Incumbent
100% of Precincts Reporting

(214 / 214)

Background:

Brehm received 33% of the vote in the March primary and takes on Austin, who received 31% of the vote.

Top Republicans, including U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Gov. Greg Abbott, have called for Brehm’s resignation following a post shared by Brehm on Facebook that suggested that the death of George Floyd was staged for political reasons.

This race is different from the others: the winner of this runoff will take the seat.

Related: Bexar County GOP Chair says she won’t resign despite calls from top Texas Republicans over George Floyd post

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