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Special Election for Uresti State Senate Seat Underway

Tuesday’s best-known hopefuls are Democrats Roland Gutierrez and Pete Gallego


A special election for a seat in the Texas Senate is Tuesday.

Eight candidates are vying to replace San Antonio Democrat Carlos Uresti, who resigned last month after being convicted of 11 felonies, in state Senate District 19.

MAP | Texas Senate District 19

The Democratic-leaning district, which includes parts of Bexar County and covers more than 400 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, is facing challenges from top Texas Republicans, including Pete Flores, who ran against and lost to Uresti in 2016 but earned 40 percent of the vote.

Gov. Greg Abbott endorsed the retired game warden Sunday.

On the Democratic side, the two highest-profile candidates are state Rep. Roland Gutierrez and former Congressman Pete Gallego. The two other Democrats are attorney Charlie Urbina Jones, and Carlos Uresti’s brother, outgoing state Rep. Tomas Uresti, D-San Antonio.

VIEW | Sample ballot

The winner of the special election will finish Uresti’s term, which ends January 2021.

Voters can use to find out if they're registered and their polling location options on the Bexar County election page.

MORE | Voter turnout during early voting


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