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Special election to fill Texas Senate seat ends in run-off

By David Yates | May 12, 2014

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) - On Saturday, Southeast Texas voters failed to divvy out 50 percent of the vote to any of the four candidates seeking to represent them in Texas Senate District 4.

The Republican candidates running to fill the vacancy include state Rep. Brandon Creighton, state Rep. Steve Toth, former Texas Sen. Michael Galloway, and businessman Gordy Bunch.

No Democrats ran.

Creighton led the field of candidates, capturing 45.2 percent of the vote, while Toth finished second with 23.7 percent.

Since no candidate landed over 50 percent of the vote, the two candidates will face each other again in a run-off election.

On Nov. 6, Gov. Rick Perry issued a proclamation ordering that a special election be held May 10 to fill the seat left vacant when former state Sen. Tommy Williams resigned.

Williams announced his resignation in October after joining the Texas A&M University System as its new vice chancellor of federal and state relations.

Texas Senate District 4 includes Chambers and Jefferson counties and parts of Galveston, Harris and Montgomery counties.

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