Howard nixes prospect of Texas House GOP “supermajority” by 16 votes
State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) beat Republican challenger Dan Neil in a race that came down to the wire last night, according to the Austin American-Statesman elections blog.
After overseas and provisional vote tallies came in, the record showed Howard up by a mere 16 votes. On Election Day, her opponent narrowly lost by 15 votes.
Howard’s win carries extra weight; if she maintains her seat it will prevent House Republicans from securing a much coveted “supermajority”. The added power would allow the GOP to override vetoes and make constitutional amendments without input from the Democrats.
“We all know that this was a potential 100th vote for the Republicans which would have given them a “supermajority,” so in that sense it’s very significant politically,” Howard told Austin NBC affiliate KXAN.
“But, as I’ve said all along, obviously what my number one concern is, is being able to continue to work for my constituents in House District 48 and I’m honored to be able to do that.”
The final vote count showed Howard with 25,026 votes and Neil with 25,010. Though it is said to be the final tally, a recount is expected to be called by Neil, a businessman and former University of Texas and NFL football player.
Democratic incumbents from neighboring state House districts, Valinda Bolton and Diana Maldonado, both lost to GOP challengers on Election Day.
(Photo: Donna Howard/Facebook)