HOUSTON – Democrat Nick Lampson held a comfortable lead Tuesday over Republican write-in candidate Shelley Sekula-Gibbs in the race to succeed former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in the state's most closely watched congressional race.
With two-thirds of all precincts reporting, Lampson had about 52 percent of the vote, Sekula-Gibbs held about 42 percent and Libertarian Bob Smither had about 6 percent.
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Sekula-Gibbs had one small victory; she won a special election to finish the last two months of DeLay's term. Her name appeared on the ballot in that race and Lampson didn't participate.
DeLay resigned in June amid a fundraising scandal. After a protracted legal battle, Republicans were not allowed to replace him on the ballot, leaving them to back a write-in campaign by Sekula-Gibbs to replace DeLay.