Houston Democrats square off in special election

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Associated Press

Posted on March 2, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 2 at 8:02 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — Former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia and fellow Democrat and state Rep. Carol Alvarado are meeting in a runoff election to fill the seat of late Texas Sen. Mario Gallegos.

Gallegos, a Houston Democrat, died of liver disease in October.

It was too late to remove his name from the November ballot and he was posthumously elected to another term in his heavily Hispanic district.

Saturday's special election comes after Garcia won the opening round of voting in January by nearly four percentage points over Alvarado. But she failed to capture a majority in an eight-candidate field, prompting a runoff.

Both sides have raised and spent more than $1 million, a princely sum for a state senate race — especially since both candidates agree on a lot politically and ideologically.

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