updated 4/6/2006 4:36:53 PM ET 2006-04-06T20:36:53

Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he will not call an emergency special election to replace Republican Rep. Tom DeLay, meaning the suburban Houston congressional seat will be left unfilled until November.

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DeLay, who is under indictment on campaign finance charges, announced this week that he will resign sometime before mid-June.

The Democratic candidate for the seat, former Rep. Nick Lampson, had called on the governor to set a May 13 special election so the district would be represented after DeLay leaves.

Perry, Republican, refused without elaborating. However, the election of a Democrat now could give the Democratic Party a leg up in November.

A committee of Republican precinct chairmen will choose a new GOP candidate.

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