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Uresti successor in SD 19 to be elected today

September 18, 2018

Three months after convicted felon Carlos Uresti vacated his state Senate seat, voters will choose his successor today.

Republican Pete Flores, a retired game warden, and Democrat Pete Gallego, a former U.S. and state representative, emerged from July’s special election in first- and second-place, respectively, from a field of 11, resulting in the runoff.

About 18,955 voters in Senate District 19 cast ballots during early voting last week, according to election officials in several counties. At least 6,391 more voted by mail.

Some officials reported seeing a higher early voting turnout for the runoff than the special election.

“No one … came out for the special election,” said D’Ann Green, clerk for Real County. “Apparently they got the news that it is important.”

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The sprawling district encompasses all or parts of 17 counties, including a portion of San Antonio, large swaths of West Texas and 400 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The winner of the runoff will serve the rest of Uresti’s term, which runs through 2020. The longtime lawmaker was sentenced in June to 12 years in prison for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme.

Read more about the state Senate District 19 runoff on ExpressNews.com.

Dylan McGuinness covers county government and local politics for the Express-News. Reach him at dylan.mcguinness@express-news.net and follow him on Twitter @DylMcGuinness.

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