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Hopson narrowly wins District 11 seat

POSTED: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 6:11pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 3:51pm

TYLER—Here are the final numbers for the District 11 State House of Representatives Seat: Chuck Hopson won by 102 votes. Hopson got 49.27 percent of the votes and Walker got 49.07 percent of the votes. Hopson only won by two tenths of a percent.

This is not the first time, however, that Hopson has narrowly won this position. In 2000, Hopson won his primary by just three percent. Four years later, he won the general election by six percent. In 2006, he beat Larry Durrett by two percent.

This time Hopson beat out Republican Brian Walker by two tenths of a percent. Now Hopson's campaign is breathing a labored sigh of relief.

"Well, you know what? We won," Daniel Mahoney, Hopson's campaign manager, says.

But Hopson's campaign is prepared for a recount, something Walker will have to request. However, they believe a recount won't change the final outcome. "I think we won by enough that a recount isn't going to make any difference," Mahoney explains.

Hopson is a Democrat who has been re-elected multiple times in a strong Republican region.

Mahoney says it shows people want to keep a representative in office who has seniority in the House. "McCain won this district with like 72 percent, but they sent Chuck Hopson back to Austin. It's a testament to the fact that people understand he's doing a good job," Mahoney says.

And it's a testament to the adage that every vote really does count.

We tried to reach Brian Walker's campaign multiple times today, but we could not reach him.

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