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Morales takes early lead over Noriega in House District 145 special election runoff

March 6, 2019

Christina Morales, the president of an East End funeral home, jumped out to an early lead Tuesday evening in the special election runoff to replace state Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, in the Texas House.

Early voting and mail ballot results showed Morales, a Democrat who is also a Houston planning commissioner, leading former City Councilwoman Melissa Noriega by double-digit percentage points.

The candidates were separated by only a few hundred votes, though, and Election Day results had yet to be posted on the Harris County Clerk’s Office.

Noriega, also a Democrat, finished behind about five percentage points behind Morales in the first round of the special election on Jan. 29. Morales did not secure the majority of the votes needed to win outright.

The winner will likely be sworn in to the House District 145 seat later this month to represent a wide-ranging and heavily Hispanic area that covers part of the Heights, downtown, southeast Houston, Pasadena and South Houston.

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