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Jan 08 16:45
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DICKINSON, Texas (AP) _ The race to be the mayor of a Houston suburb ended this week with the winner's name being drawn from a top hat.

Sean Skipworth and Jennifer Lawrence were vying to be the next mayor of Dickinson, but they each ended up with 1,010 votes after a runoff election last month and a recount earlier this week.

According to Texas law, a tie in a race for public office can be resolved by casting lots.

Skipworth became mayor after a ping pong ball with his name was pulled out of a hat during a ceremony Thursday that lasted about 10 minutes, the Galveston County Daily News reported.

``I just thank everyone for coming out and voting,'' Skipworth said after he became mayor. ``Literally, every vote counted.''

Lawrence, meanwhile, said she trusted the process and believed the drawing ``went how it was supposed to go,`` TV station KTRK reported.

``I've had dozens and dozens of people praying about this,'' she said. ``I told Sean I would support him, and I will, and I think unity is the way to go to get stuff done.''

Dickinson, located about 40 miles southeast of Houston, has more than 21,000 residents.

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