Tuesday’s election produced a mixed bag of results across the state, but the close margin of some races left them undecided. One Harris County house district remains undecided as 49 votes separate the incumbent from his challenger.

State Rep. Mike Schofield (R–Katy), whose district spans from Cypress to Katy, was challenged by author Gina Calanni. With 100 percent of precincts reporting in, Calanni was ahead with 32,678 votes to Schofield’s 32,629 (49.21% to 49.14%), but Schofield isn’t conceding until mail-in ballots are counted.

“Tuesday’s results are not yet final … The Harris County clerk advises me that there are many votes yet to be counted — more absentee ballots and provisional ballots. We will continue to wait for a final count,” Schofield said in a statement early Wednesday morning.

“This will all play out in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, I will continue to fulfill my duties and responsibilities as your Texas state representative.”

Despite Calanni claiming victory on her campaign’s Facebook page, a Texas secretary of state memo says votes will be canvassed between November 9 and 20. Until that is complete, the race remains undecided.

Charles Blain

Charles Blain is the president of Urban Reform and Urban Reform Institute. A native of New Jersey, he is based in Houston and writes on municipal finance and other urban issues.

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