Former Rep. Sylvester Turner’s (D-Houston) seat will be filled by a special election between the primary and runoff elections. Gov. Greg Abbott set the special election for May 7, a uniform election day. Early voting will begin on April 25. Turner resigned on January 2, 2016, and is now the mayor of Houston. Section 203.004, Election Code provides that the special election must be held on the first uniform date occurring on or after the 36th day after the date the special election is ordered.

Candidates must file by March 7, which comes after the March 1 primary, leaving, presumably one or two candidates. Four candidates, all Democrats, filed for the office:

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