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White Houston Candidate Denies Leading Voters Into Thinking He's Black

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"He never put out to voters that he was white," Austin told the Chronicle. "The problem is his picture was not in the League of Voters (pamphlet) or anywhere. This is one of the few times a white guy has pretended to be black guy and fooled black people."

Wilson's campaign mailers featured photos of smiling black men and women, according to Houston TV Station KHOU. One mailer also touted an endorsement from the candidate's cousin "Ron Wilson," which voters may have taken to be an endorsement from a former state representative by the same name, who is black.

In an interview with CNN, Wilson said he pulled those photos for his campaign materials from the internet, calling it "target marketing" for the district. He denied it amounted to deception.

"I didn't put my picture out there because I wanted to stick with the issues," he told CNN.

"I did not want race to be the deciding factor," he added.

This post has been updated.