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Garcia, Alvarado Await Runoff for Gallegos’ State Senate Seat

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The special election to fill the state Senate seat of the late Mario Gallegos yields no winner outright, sending the top two candidates into a runoff.

Former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia now faces fellow Democrat and State Rep. Carol Alvarado. Unofficial results show Garcia collected better than 45 percent of the votes to nearly 42 percent won by Alvarado.

Republican R.W. Bray finished a distant third, earning just over six percent.

Out of 284,000 registered voters in District 6, only about 8,200 cast early votes, and fewer than 8,000 people turned out to vote Saturday.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will decide on a date for the runoff, which will likely be late next month, or in early March.

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