High stakes surround Dems' border district runoff

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Associated Press

Posted on July 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 22 at 9:02 AM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Ciro Rodriguez, a twice-ousted Democratic congressman is running against and longtime state lawmaker Pete Gallego in a runoff for the 23rd congressional district.

A July 31 runoff will decide the Democratic party nominee to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco in one of the closest-watched congressional races in the country. The swing district narrowly went to Canseco in 2010. Democrats want it back to pick up the 25 seats they need to control of Congress.

The national Democratic establishment supported Gallego, but Rodriguez captured 46 percent of the primary vote to Gallego's 41 percent.

Rodriguez insists he is not Gallego, saying Canseco is the only opponent. Gallego bills himself as the best candidate to represent the West Texas counties he's represented in the statehouse for the last 20 years.

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