Lykos claims victory, but Bradford's not conceding

November 5, 2008 10:06:38 AM PST
Pat Lykos is claiming victory in the race for Harris County district attorney, but he opponent in the race isn't ready to concede. Race results: Key Races | State Representatives | State Senate | Harris County | Ft. Bend County | Galveston County | Montgomery County | Brazoria County | All Races

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Lykos is leading former HPD Police Chief C.O. Bradford by 4,141 votes. But there are still 7,500 mail-in ballots yet to be counted along with the overseas mail-ins.

It was around midnight Wednesday when Lykos declared victory. The former police officer and district court judge says her first priority is to restore public trust through leadership.

"We're the engine that drives Texas and Texas drives the nation," said Lykos Tuesday night. "We're going to create a justice system that is a model for the whole United States of America. I'm excited. I can't wait to get started."

She says she expects to meet with interim DA Kenneth Magidson in the coming days and take office on January 1.

Despite the victory speech by Lykos, opponent C.O. Bradford says he's not giving up on the race because there are thousands of mail-in ballots left to count.

"The numbers are still being counted and we're optimistic at this point and time," said Bradford. "I appreciate the early vote, my message being received and receptive to more of the voters in Harris County. At this point, they've exercised their choices. Now the race isn't over yet. The numbers are still being counted."

If Bradford was ruled the winner, he would become Harris County's first African-American DA.

We'll continue to monitor the counting of the mail-in ballots, and let you know when an official winner is declared.

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