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The Latest: Cloud wins Texas race to succeed Farenthold

July 1, 2018

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2017, file photo, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, arrives for a House Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A special election Saturday, June 30, 2018 will replace Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, who resigned in April amid allegations of sexual harassment and word that he used $84,000 from a special House fund to settle a 2014 lawsuit stemming from them. It marks the district’s third election this year, following the March 6 primary and May 22 runoff and proceeding November’s general election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the special congressional election in Texas (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Former Republican county chairman Michael Cloud has emerged from a crowded field to win a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold.

Farenthold resigned from Congress in April amid past sexual harassment allegations and revelations that he used $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle them.

Cloud was one of nine bipartisan candidates in a district anchored by Corpus Christi. He won more than 50 percent of the votes cast Saturday, avoiding a runoff that would have been in September.

For now, Cloud only gets to finish Farenthold’s term, which expires in early January.

But Cloud also won Texas’ Republican primary runoff in May. The district is conservative and he is favored against Democrat Eric Holguin in November’s general election for a full congressional term beginning next year.

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9:45 a.m.

Voter fatigue anyone?

Texas’ 27th Congressional District is holding its third election of the year with Saturday’s special election to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold.

He resigned in April amid allegations of sexual harassment, and word that he used $84,000 from a special House fund to settle a 2014 lawsuit stemming from them.

That follows the state’s March 6 primary and a May 22 runoff in the district, which stretches from Corpus Christi north to near Austin.

It should stay solidly Republican. Saturday’s winner only gets to fill out Farenthold’s remaining term, which expires in January.

If none of the nine candidates gets 50 percent of the votes cast, that will spark a September runoff, meaning the winner will get a term of only about three months.

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