By Justin Cox
Killeen Daily Herald
The wild race for House District 55 received one final addendum Thursday.
When the votes for the special election were tallied, Danny Daniel received 5.002 percent of the vote, Sam Murphey received 44.9667 percent and Ralph Sheffield received 49.9785 percent – just shy of the required 50 percent. Since Ralph Sheffield was 11 votes shy of having more than 50 percent of the vote, the state Election Code requires an additional special election.
When notified of the results, Murphey announced he conceded the special election to Sheffield.
"I told (County Judge Jon Burrows) not to worry about it, there's no sense in putting the county in a lot of turmoil," Murphey said Thursday. "We don't need to spend the $25,000 it would cost to have another special election."
Murphey said he's going to send the concession in written form today to the secretary of state's office.
If Murphey did not concede, Gov. Rick Perry would have to call another Special Election after his office canvasses the statewide election results Wednesday.
According to the Secretary of State's office, there is not sufficient time to hold another special election and canvass the vote results before the end of 2008. No matter what happened, the special election fiasco would not have affected the general two-year term since Sheffield received more than 50 percent of the vote in the general election.
Once the Secretary of State's office receives Sam Murphey's concession, Sheffield will be declared the winner of the remainder of the 2008 term for the District 55 State Representative seat.
On Thursday, Sheffield said he was thankful Murphey conceded, which will afford Sheffield the opportunity to get a jump on his responsibilities of preparing for taking office.
"I thought that was a very gentlemanly thing to do," Sheffield said Thursday. "I called him, and thanked him for his courage."
On Thursday at 10 a.m., Sheffield will be sworn into office by Perry in the House of Representatives Chamber in the east wing of the Texas State Capitol. Sheffield said all the residents of District 55 are invited to join him. A reception with refreshments and snacks will follow immediately after the ceremony.
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