AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Houston runoff between two Democrats vying to replace the late state Sen. Mario Gallegos will be March 2.
Former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia and state Rep. Carol Alvarado received the most votes in an eight-candidate special election last month. But neither captured a majority, resulting in the March runoff set by Gov. Rick Perry on Friday.
Gallegos, a Houston Democrat, died of liver disease in October. It was too late to remove his name from the November ballot and he was posthumously re-elected to represent the predominantly Hispanic voters that make up Senate District 6.
Garcia had 600 more votes than Alvarado in last month's special election.