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Recount Requested in Texas HD 11
Houston County Courier - December 2008
By Daphne Hereford
County clerks in the four counties of Texas House District 11 were busy Monday, Dec. 1 conducting a manual recount of votes cast in the November General Election contest between Republican Brian K. Walker and Democrat incumbent Chuck Hopson.
According to reports, Hopson was declared the winner following the recount.
In a statement released by Hopson he said, "The votes for State Representative in District 11 have been counted and recounted, and the will of the voters is clear. I am gratified by the trust the voters have placed in me.
"I want to thank all of the county officials and workers for their hard work and diligence. I am looking forward to joining my colleagues in Austin in January for the 81st Legislature. I will continue to focus on our legislative agenda of making sure that East Texas has a world class education system, protecting personal property rights and East Texas water rights.”
The Houston County recount yielded very little change from the November numbers with Hopson receiving 4,372 votes, the same number he received on election day.
Walker gained 4 votes in the Houston County recount for a total of 3,895 while Libertarian candidate Paul Bryan lost 2 votes making his new total 141.
Cherokee County was the last to complete the recount continuing on Tuesday morning, Dec. 2 with the review of the early votes cast in the election.
Walker filed the election recount petition with the Texas Secretary of State on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in Houston, Rusk, Panola and Cherokee counties within the allotted 48-hour time frame.
Initial November election results indicated Hopson received 104 votes more than Walker in the election.