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Early Voting Begins In Senate District 6 Special Election

Democratic State Reps. Carol Alvarado and Ana Hernandez are the main contenders to fill the seat of Congresswoman-elect Sylvia Garcia.

The chamber of the Texas State Senate in the Texas State Capitol in Austin

Early voting starts today in the special election for Texas Senate District 6 in East Harris County. Sylvia Garcia resigned the seat after winning election to Congress earlier this month.

The candidates include Democratic State Representatives Carol Alvarado and Ana Hernandez, Democratic activist Mia Mundy, and Republican precinct chair Martha Fierro. Democrats have a heavy advantage in voter registration in SD 6, but turnout tends to be low, particularly during special elections.

"Neither Fierro or Mundy have much of a chance of entering a runoff, but they could help force a runoff if neither Alvarado or Hernandez can really develop a significant advantage over the other," said Mark Jones, professor of political science at Rice University. "And if a runoff is forced, the Democrats will be down one senator until either Alvarado or Hernandez arrives, and that's likely to be at some point in the end of January if there's a runoff."

The special election is set for December 11. The Legislature convenes January 8.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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