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DeLay's Replacement

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tom DeLay's name remains on the November ballot in his former Houston-area congressional district. So Texas Republicans have decided to back a Houston city councilwoman as a write-in candidate.

DeLay resigned from Congress in June amid allegations of campaign money laundering. Republicans lost a court fight to have his name taken off the ballot.

The Texas Republican Party says the majority of precinct officials favor Doctor Shelley Sekula-Gibbs to make a run-in bid. The party decided it should rally behind one write-in candidate to give that person financial and organizational support.

Democrat Nick Lampson has been running steadily for the seat while Republicans fought the ballot issue in court. Also on the ballot is libertarian Bob Smither. Other GOP candidates are also running.

Sekula-Gibbs, says she's, "honored to have received this support."


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