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5/5/03

Endorsements Anyone?

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Despite losing to Randy Neugebauer and Mike Conaway, the 15 former candidates for Congress still hold power, in the form of loyal followers wondering. 'Who do I vote for now?'

"For most of the night Randy Neugebauer has held the lead," announced newscaster Abner Euresti. By 10 p.m. the outcome was all but official, Randy Neugebauer and Mike Conaway - taking the top two positions in a field of 17.

But with over 58,000 votes, both men combined grabbed less than half of the total. Leaving 32,000 voters out in the cold and up for grabs. Isett pulled in almost 11,000 votes, but he has yet to endorse anyone. And Langston? Over 8,000. But neither Neugebauer nor Conaway has called asking for support.

"No, I have not received any calls from either Mr. Neugebauer or Mr. Conaway," said David Langston. His aggressive campaign tactics ruffled feathers in several camps. "I don't know that they would ask for an endorsement and I can't say at this point in time whether I would give it," he said.

"Both of the candidates have contacted me since the runoff," said Vickie Sutton. She pulled in almost 2,000 votes but hasn't committed to either man. "What are you waiting for before you decide," asked a reporter. "Well, I really want to have the best person that we can send out of the two that we have left to select from," she responded. "And right now that's who?," asked the reporter. "I'm not ready to say," she replied. "Because?," asked the reporter. "Just not there yet," she said.

"I could not endorse either of the candidates," said Julia Penelope. One door not to knock on, Penelope, the Green Party candidate, garnered 222 votes and isn't going to ask them to support anyone. "I don't know how you can tell them apart. Their campaign was, 'I support Bush,' that's not a platform," she said.

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