The next step in the Heflin challenge will be taken by Discovery Master Will Hartnett, who will issue his recommendations on Wednesday. Along the way, he rejected some bogus evidence presented by Team Heflin.
Hartnett, R-Dallas, ruled as irrelevant testimony by a Republican pollster who used calculations to project Heflin's margin of victory.
Michael Baselice, an Austin-based pollster, testified Friday as an expert witness for Heflin.
Heflin's lawyers said he would win by five votes, based on their analysis of 91 ballots cast by allegedly ineligible voters who have been willing to reveal their votes.
Baselice used a mathematical analysis, known as extrapolation, to determine that Heflin's margin of votes would increase when applied to the remaining 250 potentially illegal ballots that were cast and counted.
"It's a projection of a known quantity," Baselice said. "It gives us an idea about how these may end up."
Under cross-examination, Baselice acknowledged that what he did was "nothing more than middle school math." He also said that he knew nothing about the votes, other than the percentage breakdown Heflin's lawyers gave him.
For some odd reason, this story gives a different total in Baselice's sample:
Taylor got sworn statements from 129 of the 250 people who cast what he says were illegal votes. Of those, 86 said they voted for Vo and 43 for Heflin.
Taylor argued that meant Heflin won the election by 10 votes.
Larry Veselka, one of Vo's attorneys, said Taylor's numbers show Vo winning by 37 votes.
As each vote was scrutinized over the past two days, attorneys argued over its legality. Hartnett made occasional comments, sometimes agreeing with one side and sometimes the other. He often said he would have to return to a specific vote.
At one point he told attorneys that "you're asking me to assume an awful lot here."
"No one knows for sure what he's thinking," said Rick Gray, one of Vo's attorneys. "He's giving everyone a fair shake."
Finally, a quick hit from the Morning News.
Defeated GOP Rep. Talmadge Heflin continued his vanity bid Thursday, telling the Texas House why representatives should invalidate his loss to Democrat Hubert Vo. We remind you that this election has been through a few recounts already. And even some Republicans think Mr. Heflin has no business asking the House to throw out his loss. Most of all, we think the last thing the House needs is a partisan sideshow. The redistricting battles of 2003 split the place up enough. It's time to heal and move on.