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The 16-Vote Margin in District 48

State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) at the Driskill Hotel, November 2, 2010
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News
State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) discusses the returns on Election Night at the Driskill Hotel. Her 16-vote margin of victory is all that stands between the GOP and a two-thirds majority in the Texas House.

Republicans have 99 seats in the 2011 Texas House. They’re 16 votes away from having an even 100.

State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) hung on to her House District 48 seat by 16 votes, after absentee ballots were added into the Election Night totals. Republican challenger Dan Neil hasn’t said publicly whether he’s going to call for a recount…yet.

In this week’s “Texas Political Parlor,” KUT’s Ian Crawford and Tim Eaton of the Austin American-Statesman discuss the potential for a recount and what that could mean when the House convenes two months from today.

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.
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