AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A former state senator and a Gulf War
veteran are headed to a runoff in their fight for a seat in the
Former Republican state Sen. David Sibley is trying to retake
the seat he held for 11 years. He led during much of Saturday's
special election, but no candidate in the four-way race earned more
than 50 percent of the vote to secure the seat.
Brian Birdwell came in closest to Sibley, trailing by more than
2,500 votes with all precincts reporting. Birdwell also is a
Republican and survived the Sept. 11 terrorist attack at the
The candidates are vying to serve out the remainder of
Republican Sen. Kip Averitt's term following his resignation. The
seat includes 10 counties stretching from Waco to the outskirts of
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