DeLay Wins Tex. GOP Primary
Former House Majority Leader Easily Beats Three Challengers
By Alicia A. CaldwellAssociated PressWednesday, March 8, 2006; A04
SUGAR LAND, Tex., March 7 -- Rep. Tom DeLay won the Republican nomination in his House reelection bid Tuesday, beating three challengers in his first election since he was indicted and forced to step aside as majority leader.
With 14 percent of the precincts reporting, DeLay had 10,005 votes, or 64 percent. His closest challenger, environmental lawyer Tom Campbell, had 4,049 votes, or 26 percent.
"I have always placed my faith in the voters, and today's vote shows they have placed their full faith in me," DeLay said in a statement. "Not only did they reject the politics of personal destruction, but they strongly rejected the candidates who used those Democrat tactics as their platform."
Associated Press writer Kelley Shannon in Austin contributed to this report.
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