Incumbent Mike Schofield has not conceded 49-vote defeat to Democrat Gina Calanni
Despite all precincts reporting, State. Rep. Mike Schofield still has not conceded victory in the race for District 132.
On election night, Schofield trailed Democrat Gina Calanni in the vote, 49.21 to 49.14 percent. In a post to Facebook on Thursday, Schofield is holding out hope the election can still turn.
The district covers parts of Katy up to the Cypress area along State Highway 290.
In the post addressed to his constituents, friends and supporters, Schofield said: “Tuesday’s results are not yet final. As it stands right now, the unofficial results have us 49 votes behind. 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 vote count.”
With a few exceptions, the vote must be canvassed no later than 11 days after the election, according to state statute.
“In the coming days, final and official results be released,” he said in the post. “Those of you who know me best, know that I am both deliberative and tenacious. I do not act without first gathering the facts - which in this instance are still incomplete. I am also tenacious and in the same fashion will not give up without a fight.”
Schofield went on to say he would serve in his current capacity as state representative.
“This will all play out in the coming days and weeks,” he said. “In the mean time I will continue to fulfill my duties and responsibilities as your Texas state representative.”
Calanni, meanwhile, is moving forward with the understanding that she is the victor in the district.
“Thank you to everyone who supported my race,” she said early Wednesday. “I look forward to serving the people of (House District) 132 during the next legislative session. There are so many people to thank but I especially want to acknowledge my boys, Annie’s List, Battleground Texas, all of the amazing union members who helped my campaign and my volunteers.”
If the vote stands and Calanni is declared the winner after canvassing of the vote, Democrats will have picked up 12 seats in the State House of Representatives. The Republican advantage in the House when the Legislature meets in January for the 86th legislative session will be 83-67.