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Texas: Gov. Perry calls special election for DeLay's seat

The Dallas Morning News reports: Gov. Rick Perry has called a special election to fill the seat vacated by former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

The vote will coincide with November's general election, which means that preferred GOP write-in candidate Shelley Sekula-Gibbs will have her name on the ballot, if she runs in the special election as well. Candidates have until Friday to file. ...

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, called Mr. Perry's calling of the election "a tactical move" to help Dr. Sekula-Gibbs because she has a complicated name and faces long odds to win the Nov. 7 general election as a write-in candidate.

"You can see her name at the top of the ballot, and that allows [voters] to put it in better at the bottom of the ballot you know, actually dial it in better than they would have because the spelling is there on the ballot," Mr. Coleman said. Voters in the suburban Houston district will use electronic voting machines.

Perry spokeswoman Kathy Walt responded, "It is a shame that Garnet Coleman thinks that the U.S. Constitution is a tactic. The U.S. Constitution requires us to call a special election for Congressman DeLay's seat." -- Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Nation

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