Republican Dan Neil announced Tuesday that he would request a recount of the ballots of the race against incumbent state Rep. Donna Howard, an Austin Democrat. The Neil campaign, which expects the recount to begin next week, does not think it will take too long, said Zach Vaughn, a campaign manager for Dan Neil. Its a close race, he said. We just want to make sure were doing everything we can to make sure that every vote is counted. Late calls to the Texas Democratic Party, Travis County Democratic Party and the Donna Howard campaign were not returned by press time. If the recount comes up with enough votes for Neil to overcome Howards lead, Republicans would gain a super majority in the Texas House of Representatives, rendering Democrats powerless.