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District 105 And Its Importance

By Shelley Kofler, KERA News

Dallas, TX – Control of the Texas House of Representatives hangs in the balance as elections officials count provisional ballots in Dallas this morning. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports the race between House District 105 candidates has taken on statewide importance.

When the dust settled after Election Night, Republican incumbent Linda-Harper Brown had just 29 votes more than democratic challenger Bob Romano.

Elsewhere in the state, Democrats had picked up three additional House seats. A win by Romano in District 105 would mean Republicans would lose their majority in the Texas House, and House Speaker Tom Craddick would almost certainly be replaced.

With so much riding on the outcome, both candidates and their respective parties have called in high-powered attorneys. They will be present as Dallas County's ballot board counts some 276 provisional ballots, ballots cast by voters who did not have proper registration or identification when they showed up at the polls.

Hector Nieto says the importance of the outcome is big.

Nieto: This will determine if the House is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans or whether Republicans will have a one-seat lead. So we want to make certain that everybody who cast a ballot has their ballot counted and those ballots are counted fairly.

Dallas County Republican Chairman Jonathan Neerman says there is a reason the state parties are helping the candidates field their legal teams.

Neerman: When you are dealing with election code, you need to make sure you have people who understand all the intracies of the election code.

Elections officials say it could be weeks before this race and control of the Texas House is settled.