U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) announced he would resign early to take a position at Akin Gump. His resignation will trigger a special election to fill his unexpired term.

The special election will be conducted in CD34 as it has been configured for the past decade, creating another situation where one or more candidates running for the seat in the primary elections would not be able to run for the special election including, most notably, U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-McAllen), who currently represents CD15 (Toss Up).

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