AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry won't call an emergency special election to replace resigning Congressman Tom DeLay. Candidates for DeLay's suburban Houston congressional seat will have to wait for the November election.
The Republican this week announced he'll resign sometime before mid-June.
Perry says if he doesn't get DeLay's letter of resignation by close of business Friday, the election will be Nov. 7.
Perry has the authority to call an emergency special election anytime or wait for the next uniform election date — May 13.
The Democratic candidate is former U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, who lost his seat when DeLay redesigned the state's congressional districts in 2004.