Election Contest in HD-48 Begins

Dan Neil at table with attorneys during a public hearing for the election contest of House D-48
Dan Neil at table with attorneys during a public hearing for the election contest of House D-48

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A Texas House investigation to determine the winner of the House District 48 race has begun.  Testimony is expected to last at least a couple of days.  Only 12 votes separate the election winner, Austin Democrat Donna Howard and her Republican challenger Dan Neil.  But Neil says the certified vote totals include illegal ballots while excluding several overseas votes.  That makes the goal for Neil very simple: show a gain of 12 votes.  Reporting for KUT News and the Texas Tribune Ben Philpott has more on Day One.

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