Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Election Day for the emergency special election to fill the unexpired term of former Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). Eight candidates are vying for the two-plus years left in his term.
We will have live results and analysis beginning at 7 p.m. CDT tomorrow (Tuesday) at txelects.com/live. Our initial analysis of the race can be found here. Since that time, Republican leaders have rallied around Pete Flores, the party’s 2016 general election nominee. That, combined with exceedingly low turnout reported across the district, increases the odds he will make a runoff against either Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) or former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine).
Bexar Co., home of Gutierrez, represents barely half of all votes cast early in the 17-county district, according to data collected by the San Antonio Express-News’s Jasper Scherer. In the 2016 general election, Bexar Co. voters cast 62% of all ballots in the district. Bexar Co. has seen a number of recent special elections with very low turnout, including one that sent an independent candidate to the House for the first time since 1932.
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